Truth in Translation, by Jason BeDuhn (who is not George Kaplan, nor Jason David BeDuhn is an associate professor of religious studies at. “Truth in Translation” by Jason DeBuhn FREE Download The book touts the NWT to be the most accurate translation, so it has become immensely popular I find linguists not to have that bias, as beDuhn and Kedar show. Jason David BeDuhn, Truth in Translation: Accuracy and Bias in English Translations of the New Testament. University Press of America. Reviewed by.

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While he seems to view this as a virtue, particularly in the context of translation work, one has to question what kind of epistemology allows this type of writing. To do otherwise puts the translator in a position of interpreting the passage according to a theological bias. For this reason, it is necessary that modern translations find appropriate terms to accurately convey precisely what is implied by the use of proskuneo in the various passages where it appears.

As clearly as he can, Paul seems to be saying that Jesus created everything. Whereas of appears to make Jesus part of creation, over sets him apart from it. Dd rated it it was amazing Aug 23, So, generally speaking, a Greek definite noun will have a form of the definite article howhich will become “the” in English. Sadly, the suggestion of paragraph 2 above is futile. It is more correct to say that anytime the word pneuma occurs in which a meaning such as “wind,” “breath,” etc.

The majority represent verses such as Revelation 1: But I would understand the above translation to be saying. Each group of translators supposedly choose wording which best fits its own bias.

Nov 13, Jason Harris rated it liked it. In other words, once an Old Testament passage was read as referring to “the Lord,” rather than specifically “Jehovah,” it was possible to apply what the passage said to Jesus. And, the opinion would be divided when used of Jesus.


I think the translators were honest in rendering it, that is why paying attention to those things which are not in the bedun version makes a BIG difference when you examine it with a mind that is open.

They do so primarily because the gesture of prostration is directed to Jesus, and in that circumstance they translate differently under the pressure of theological bias. BeDuhn readily recognised the necessity of understanding the a linguistic context, b literary context, and c historical and cultural environment in translation.

As a result, we jsson developed “systematic theology. All [other] things have been created through him and for him. I do not think it is the best possible translation traslation a modern English reader; but at least it breaks with the KJV tradition followed by all the others, and it does so in the right direction by paying attention to how Greek grammar and syntax actually work.

Again, removal of that bias will produce a translation of Colossians 1 which describes the person of Jesus with the intensity intended by Paul. This book should be listed as Jehovah Witness Apologetic book instead of the author’s claim to an unbiased academic report. But they were not doing trurh with theology.

Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of It is not a question of picking the scholars who are favourable and rejecting the others, but deciding which group of them is more likely not to be biased. It is ironic that the translation of Colossians 1: Both of these are interpretationsthough in all probability, only one is true. Therefore, hopefully with both his and the readers’ understanding, this will give the author the opportunity to state his argument and avoid taking beduuhn he says out of context.

This will include the added words which BeDuhn has italicized. BeDuhn, who holds a B.

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In Greek, if you leave off the article from theos in a sentence like the one in John 1: Let me simply close with his summary paragraph. My father even had one out when I went to see him last weekend, and made mention several times that most secularscholars think that the NWT is the most accurate. Terry Carpenter rated it it was amazing Nov 18, Many readers of Truth in Translation will feel that BeDuhn has brought a strong personal, theological bias to this chapter.


As they usually do when citing or quoting “experts” they mine out the gems that support them and ignore both the critical parts and the context. Consequently, BeDuhn points out, contemporary Christian views are improperly introduced in the Bible versions upon which most modern English-speaking Christians rely.

Today, we use it only for religious veneration of God, so it no longer covers all of the uses for the Greek verb proskuneoor of the English word in the day of King James. The second basis for using “Jehovah” relies upon a set of texts that similarly employ a form of “Jehovah” in particular passages of the New Testament.

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This chapter gives a brief history of the New Testament as a written document and the composition of translation committees. However, contrary to the pattern 1 Corinthians 15 seems to suggest, BeDuhn uses this as an argument for permitting “[other]” in Colossians 1. These verses are translated in most versions as “prostrated himself before,” “fell on his translattion and “fell down before.

This book was a delight to read. It is not that we would expect obedience before Truty to be anything other than adoration. He would be correct that “[other]” is appropriate if Jesus is a created being. To complicate translation further, the word pneuma has a number of meanings.

BeDuhn admits we cannot know.