[b-hebrew] Isaiah 53

furuli at online.no furuli at online.no
Mon May 10 18:20:27 EDT 2004

Dear Cherny and Nikolay,

I read quickly through your work on Isaiah 53 and found many 
interesting points. Just a few comments at this stage: Some time ago 
I gave a lecture on the verbal system of Classical Hebrew for a group 
working with Bible translation, and I used Isaiah 53 as an example. 
In my Norwegian translation almost all verbs have future tense. So I 
would like to ask. Why should we in a prophetic text referring to the 
future use simple past and perfect, or even present?  Are there any 
lexical, grammatical, or syntactical data that would prevent a 
translator from consistently using future tense in prophecies 
referring to the future?

Best regards

Rolf Furuli

>Recently, we finished almost a year-long project on literal translation of
>the chapter 53, a prophetic cornerstone of Christianity. This work brought
>about a translation considerably different from any we are aware of, and
>also produced an unusual meaning.
>The article submissions to about two dozen journals were rejected without
>a single meaningful objection. Nor did any of the reviewers pinpoint flaws
>in our argument. "Impossible" was the most common answer. However, as we
>see it, this is what Isaiah meant.
>We would be glad to post the article (since it is about 80k in size, we
>are awaiting for your approval), or you may read it at
>We would appreciate your review of this article, and certainly your
>comments are important to us.
>Sincerely yours,
>Vadim Cherny,
>Nikolay Bondarchuk

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