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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]