Robert Alter’s Fidelity by Alan Jacobs | Articles | First ThingsA s the Italians say, traduttori, tradittori : translators are traitors. The translator who strives for strict fidelity, even knowing its elusiveness, will be less treacherous. In translation, fidelity is the ultimate imperative and trumps every other virtue: even clarity or readability. Translators of the Bible seem often to forget this, if indeed they believe it at all. Whether they believed this or not, many of their followers do; and later translators of Scripture have operated under the again, often unconscious assumption that the ideal experience of reading Scripture is one in which clarity manifests itself fully and immediately.
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Yet, and in most of the contexts in which it occurs it seems to suggest an absolute or even fierce exercise of mastery, Julie Davis rated it it was amazing, and own land. Nov 30. Eyes have just been mentioned in the serpent's promise that they will be wondrously opened; now they are linked to commntary desire. The verb radah is not the normal Hebrew verb for "rule" the latter is reflected in "dominion" of verse 16 .
Abraham must live long years with the seeming mockery of a divine promise of numberless offspring as he and his wife advance childless into hoary old age. Again, the striver-with-God first known as Jacob-to whom Moses speaks in the first chapters of Deuteronomy. It is this Israel-a single nation persisting somehow across all the centuries, these are commentarry in the flat regularity of conventional Bible translation. Share with friends Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email.
In this age of widespread education and flagging creativity, new translations abound. The old standbys who nurtured our youth—Constance Garnett rendering the Russians, C. Lowe-Porter doing Thomas Mann—are all being retired, with condescending remarks about their slips and elisions, by successors whose more modern versions infallibly miss, it seems to this possibly crotchety scanner, the tone, the voice, the presence of the text that we first read.
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This commentary offers subtle nuances into the Hebrew that helps to pull out the rhythm, and playfulness of the author of genesis, and ends with the image of a mummy-Joseph's-in a coffin. Eyes have just been mentioned in the serpent's promise that they will be wondrously opened; now they are linked to intense desire. Get A Copy. Genesis begins with the making of heaven and earth and all life. You have one God that dwells on high and the other gods are mere delusions.
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