The Word of God in English: Criteria for Excellence in Bible Translation

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Ryken describes the translation principles that make for reliable English Bible translation, looks at common translation fallacies, and offers principles for good translation.

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Ryken describes the translation principles that make for reliable English Bible translation, looks at common translation fallacies, and offers principles for good translation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581344646
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication date: 11/12/2002
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 831,310
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Leland Ryken (PhD, University of Oregon) served as professor of English at Wheaton College for over 43 years. He has authored or edited over three dozen books, including The Word of God in English and The Complete Literary Guide to the Bible. He is a frequent speaker at the Evangelical Theological Society and served as literary stylist for the English Standard Version Bible.

C. JOHN COLLINS (PhD, University of Liverpool) is professor of Old Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary in St Louis. With degrees from MIT and Faith Evangelical Lutheran Seminary, he pursues such research interests as Hebrew and Greek grammar, science and faith, and biblical theology. He is the author of The God of Miracles.

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Table of Contents

Preface 9
Introduction: The Current Debate About Bible Translation 13
Part 1 Lessons from Overlooked Sources
1 Lessons from Literature 23
2 Lessons from Ordinary Discourse 35
3 Lessons from the History of Translation 47
Part 2 Common Fallacies of Translation
4 Five Fallacies About the Bible 67
5 Seven Fallacies About Translation 79
6 Eight Fallacies About Bible Readers 103
Part 3 Theological, Ethical, and Hermeneutical Issues
7 The Theology and Ethics of Bible Translation 123
8 Translation and Hermeneutics 139
Part 4 Modern Translations: Problems and Their Solution
9 Ignoring the Literary Qualities of the Bible 157
10 Obscuring the World of the Original Text 173
11 Destabilization of the Biblical Text 187
12 Reductionism 199
Part 5 Criteria for Excellence in an English Bible
13 Fidelity to the Words of the Original 217
14 Effective Diction: Clarity, Vividness, Connotation, Ambiguity 229
15 Respect for the Principles of Poetry 243
16 Effective Rhythm 257
17 Exaltation and Beauty 269
Conclusion: What Makes the Best Bible Translation? 287
Appendix Without Form, You Lose Meaning 295
Index 328
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2008

    Interesting perspective about bible translations

    The bottom line of this book is that a good bible translation is the one that is based on a word for word translation instead of thought for thought. Ryken's uses his literary expertise to explain that no one should change the author's way of telling the story just because people do not understand them. He also goes in details about how the thought for thought translations are twisting the message of God in order to make the bible easy to read. This is a good book with great arguments but the author is trying to sell the English Standard Version (ESV) Bible and sometimes the main message is lost due to this fact. I use the New King James Version for my daily readings and even though the author is selling the ESV, I felt like the King James Version is the bible to be use according to Ryken¿s arguments. Another good resource for the English translation debate.

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