Gal 4 24 28 from the sea to sinai triumph translation

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Unformatted text preview: er children. . . Now we, brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise. (Gal. 4. 24-28) From the Sea to Sinai: Triumph Translation • All translation is to some extent interpretation. The translator needs to decide what matters most: the sound of words, the rhythm, the story. The translator may decide whether to make the text sound familiar or strange, whether the tone of the language is grand or ordinary. Sometimes translators add notes. Sometimes even layout is interpretation— like the order of Biblical books. An example of translation • When Joseph’s brothers see him coming at Dothan, they say, “Behold, that dreamer comes.” Robert Alter’s translation says “that dream-master,” with a note that argues that in context the Hebrew is stronger and more sarcastic. It is a very small difference, but such differences add up. Song of the sea The Song of the Sea • Who is like You, O Lord, among the celestials? JPS 1985 • • • • quis similis tui in fortibus, Domine Vulgate Who is like you • Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? KJV gods: or, mighty ones? KJV notes The scripture often so calls the mighty But also repeated doubt and trouble • The miracle of the manna follows the people’s complaining about having no food. They miss the fleshpots of Egypt (stews with meat in them) • Many of them also ignore what they are told about Sabbath manna. Getting out of Egypt turns out to be the easy part. If it isn’t food, it’s water • There are two miracles in which Moses brings water just in 15-17. This is practically a type-scene. Do Not Micromanage! • Chapter 18 is a little inserted story in which Jethro, the father-in-law of Moses, brings his family to join him, and realizes that Moses needs to learn how to delegate. He is Finally, the Ten Words • There are two versions of the Ten...
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