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Peter S. Hawkins and Lesleigh Cushing Stahlberg

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823225712

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823225712.001.0001

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Beginning with Ruth: An Essay on Translating

Beginning with Ruth: An Essay on Translating

(p.9) Beginning with Ruth: An Essay on Translating
Scrolls of Love

Ellen F. Davis

Fordham University Press

There is no such thing as an all-purpose translation of the Bible. The author's is written not for large public readings, but rather for study. That is, it is written for the kind of setting from which it emerged, in which (ideally) a small group of people are gathered to read slowly, to dwell on a text that is admittedly foreign to them, even if they believe that it bears directly on their lives, and to talk about what they are reading. It is written for people who are willing to take the time to ponder the implications of curious word choices and follow a trail marked by the repetition of key words, that most distinctive feature of biblical style. In sum, the author has tried to produce a translation that makes the best possible sense of the Hebrew, and is transparent to some characteristic elements of biblical style and diction, even if that means in some cases not making it all the way into idiomatic English.

Keywords:   translation, Bible, key words, biblical style, Hebrew, idiomatic English

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