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“Does Your Language Shape How You Think?”

So asks Guy Deutscher in a Times Magazine article last year: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/29/magazine/29language-t.html The short answer: Yes! A couple of instances from my own experience of language: 1. Articles: Most languages have them; Latin does not, and this means that in … Continue reading

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Translating Gen 21:6

Here are a number of renderings of Genesis 21:6. First, the Hebrew (MT): וַתֹּאמֶר שָׂרָה צְחֹק עָשָׂה לִי אֱלֹהִים כָּל־הַשֹּׁמֵעַ יִֽצְחַק־לִֽי׃ The LXX: “εἶπεν δὲ Σαρρα γέλωτά μοι ἐποίησεν κύριος ὃς γὰρ ἂν ἀκούσῃ συγχαρεῖταί μοι” The Vulgate: “dixitque Sarra … Continue reading

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What is “forever”?

I’ve been thinking about two phrases typically glossed in Scripture by the English, “forever”: in Greek, eis aiwnon, and in Hebrew, le olam. Both are prepositional phrases, whose preposition carries a directional sense, as in “to.” The objects in both … Continue reading

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