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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 […]

Bible blog 2192

Apologies to all readers of this blog. My family has been hit by illness which has demanded all my attention. I’ve missed my writing and some of you have been kind enough to tell me you missed it also. I ‘ve decided to resume it today, although I may not manage it every day.  Translating […]

Bible blog 2191

The second in a new series on translating Paul’s letter to Galatians. *I’m amazed at your speedy transfer from the one who called you in the kindness of Messiah, to another joyful message!* After brisk greetings, Paul moves abruptly to his business which is to take his readers up on their “transfer” from his message. […]

Bible blog 2190

Translating Galatians This blog is the first of a new series looking at the kind of issues faced by any translator of this and other letters of Paul. The document is presented to the reader as the text of an actual letter sent by Paul to the christian assembly in northern Galatia, possibly around 52CE. […]

Bible blog 2189

Amos 9. I saw Adonai standing beside the altar, and he said, “Strike the tops of the columns until the thresholds shake!Smash them to pieces on the heads of all the people!Those who remain I will kill with the sword;not one of them will succeed in fleeing,not one of them will escape.2 If they dig down […]

Bible blog 2188

AMOS 8 Here is what Adonai God showed me: there in front of me was a basket of end of summer fruit. 2 He asked, “‘Amos, what do you see?” I answered, “A basket of end of summer fruit.” Then Adonai said to me, “The end has come for my people,I will never again overlook their offenses.3 When that time comes, the songs […]

Bible Blog 2187

AMOS CHAPTER 7 Complete Jewish Bible Version altered by me Here is what Adonai God showed me: he was forming a swarm of locusts as the late crop was starting to come up, the late crop after the hay had been cut to pay the king’s tribute. 2 While they were finishing up eating all the vegetation in the […]

Bible blog 2186

AMOS CHAPTER 6 in the Complete Jewish Bible altered by me Trouble for those living at ease in Tziyonand for those who feel complacent on the hills of Shomron,the top men of the top nation,to whom the rest of Isra’el show respect.2 Travel to Kalneh and see;from there go on to Hamat the great;then go down […]