[b-hebrew] Translation theory and hebrew verb forms
J.Read-2 at sms.ed.ac.uk
Sun Jul 12 15:43:54 EDT 2009
I've been meaning to ask you this for some time but never got round to it.
This question is more to do with translation theory than with your
study of the verb forms although there is some limited connection. I
was wondering what bearing your conclusions have on how we ought to
translate the texts of the various Hebrew writings. Do you believe
that the 'imperfective' and 'perfective' aspects of the verbs are so
important that we should try to express them in some way in every
verbal instance (like the NWT does) or do you think we should opt for
a translation style that better reflects natural language in the
target language (without overstepping the boundaries and going into
super paraphrase mode, of course)?
The translators of the so called LXX didn't seem to follow any such
rigid translation scheme. Also, the quotations of Hebrew scriptures
found in Greek scriptures seemed to give more emphasis to basic
meaning rather than any rigid adherence to grammatical influences.
What are your feelings about these kind of translation issues?
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