RE: Re: Is 1:25
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> On Wed, 7 Aug 1996, Dave Washburn wrote:
> > Tim McLay wrote in part:
> > > So, my point was that we need to give equal weight to the witness of a
> > > retroverted variant from a version as we give to MT when that retroverted
> > > variant rests on a solid reconstruction.
> > I just finished reviewing Sollamo's "Repetition of the Possessive
> > Pronoun in the Septuagint" for the online journal TC, and it seems to
> > me that in the majority of cases in that book she says we can't know
> > for sure whether the translator took some liberties or had a
> > different vorlage. I was quite impressed with her tentativeness at
> > saying "this is what the translator's Hebrew text said;" in most
> > cases it appears to be pretty much of an open question (I make this
> > statement only regarding the specific passages in the Pentateuch that
> > she treated in the book, not as a sweeping generalization).
> Dave's review will appear shortly on the virtual pages of TC. In an
> article in JNSL 20 (1994) entitled "A Methodology for Using the Versions
> in the Textual Criticism of the Old Testament," I proposed one model for
> dealing with the problem of retroverting Greek and Latin texts back into
> Hebrew. In brief, I think that calling something a "literal translation"
> is not particularly helpful, since the translation can be very literal in
> some regards (e.g., word order), only somewhat literal in other ways
> (e.g., consistent rendering of Hebrew "stem" by a particular Greek voice),
> and quite free in still other ways (e.g., the translation of
> conjunctions). It is important to determine how consistent the translator
> was in rendering lexical items, word classes, grammatical categories,
> segmentation (rendering compound words in the source language with
> compound words in the target language), and word order. Only then can one
> judge the probability of making a valid retroversion in any specific case.
> However, I agree with Tim that a reasonably sure retroversion should be
> given as much credence in text-critical decisions as a reading in the MT.
> A careful study of the translation technique of a particular version in a
> particular book will help in determining which retroversions are
> "reasonably sure."
> Jimmy Adair
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