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Bible blog 2202

This blog continues my notes on translating Galatians Galatians 4: 1 I’m saying that as long as the heir is an child he’s no different from a slave, although he’s the master of the whole estate; but he is under guardians and managers until the date set beforehand by the father. It’s just the same […]

Bible blog 2201

This blog continues my notes on translating Galatians Galatians 3: 21,22 So is the Law contrary to the promises? Far from it! In fact, if a Law which could create life had been given, putting people right would indeed come from the Law. But scripture has admitted no escape from the net of sin, with […]

Bible blog 2200

This blog continues my notes on translating Galatians Galatians 3: 15 I’ll give you a human instance, brothers and sisters: nobody sets aside or makes additions even to a human will once it has been ratified. Now the promises were directed to “Abraham and his descendant.” It did not say, “and to descendants”, meaning many, […]

Bible blog 2199

This blog continues my notes on translating Galatians Galatians 3:10 In fact, those who rest in the prescribed actions of the Religious Law are under a curse, for it is written, “a curse upon everyone who does not continue to do all the things written in the Law Book.” Now it is clear that nobody […]

Bible blog 2198

This blog continues with my notes on translating Galatians. Galatians 3. You daft Galatians, who has enchanted you? With your own eyes you saw Jesus Messiah clearly depicted on the execution stake! Let me ask just one thing: did you get the Spirit by doing the prescribed actions of the Law or by trusting the […]

Bible blog 2197

Today’s blog continues my notes on translating Galatians Galatians 2: 15 We, Judeans by birth and not “sinners of Gentile origin”, we who know that a human being is not made right by the prescribed actions of the religious Law, but by the faithfulness of Jesus Messiah, we have put our trust in Messiah Jesus, so […]

Bible blog 2196

This blog continues my notes on translating Galatians. Galatians 2:11 But when Kephas came to Antioch I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong. For before certain men came from Jacob, he ate with the Gentiles; but when they arrived, he withdrew and kept aloof, for fear of the Snippers. […]

Bible blog 2195

This blog continues my notes on translating Galatians. First of all a belated addition to my notes on 1:15 where Paul speaks of God marking him out “from my mother’s womb.” I should have realised that this phrase in this context is based on Jeremiah 1:5 “before I formed you in the womb, I knew […]

Bible blog 2194

This blog continues my notes on translating Galatians Galatians 2 The main issue for the translator in the first few verses is to make sense of Paul’s chaotic syntax. It’s easy to catch Pauls drift but hard to be sure precisely what he is saying. Fourteen years later I went up to Jerusalem again with […]

Bible blog 2193

Many thanks to faithful readers and friends who sent messages of support. These are words and people to be cherished. Translating Galatians Galatians 1: 15, 16 So when the One who had marked me out from my mother’s womb and in his kindness called me by name, chose to reveal his son in me, so […]