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Translators' Notes

Postby Jeff Fischer » September 1st, 2013, 8:08 pm

I'm a self-taught beginner in New Testament Greek. Like everyone at this stage, I suppose, as I work my way through the Greek text, I check my translation against a standard English text (usually NASB). Of course, I often find differences in the way I translated a given verse compared to the standard. I'm looking for a resource that will explain what considerations the "professionals" took into account that led to their translation in order to improve my own. My ideal resource would be a verse-by-verse translator's commentary on the text, showing how that particular combination of word meaning, syntax, parsing, etc. led to the translation they wrote. Does such a resource exist?
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Re: Translators' Notes

Postby Louis L Sorenson » September 1st, 2013, 10:37 pm

There is the United Bible Society's Handbook series: http://www.ubs-translations.org/cat/helps_for_translators/handbooks/english_series/. But those are really meant for people who are trying to translate from Greek into a foreign language (not English) and deal with how cultural norms and other concepts are best conveyed from Greek to the target language.

There is an on-going series by Baylor University Press. They are titled "Baylor Handbook on the Greek New Testament" http://www.baylorpress.com/en/Series/3/Baylor%20Handbook%20on%20the%20Greek%20New%20Testament. Ten volumes are out and more are on the way. You can get a preview on Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/II-III-John-Handbook-Testament/dp/1932792082/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1378087305&sr=8-8&keywords=culy#reader_1932792082
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Re: Translators' Notes

Postby Paul-Nitz » September 14th, 2013, 5:21 am

Jeff, At the link below you will find links to pdf files that contain notes on every NT book. Check them out and please tell us if they are useful.

"Papers by Lee Irons: Greek Syntax Notes"
http://www.upper-register.com/papers.html
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Re: Translators' Notes

Postby Jeff Fischer » January 4th, 2014, 3:11 pm

Paul and Louis, thank you both very much for the information! I assumed I would get an email if any posts were made here, which is why I'm so late in responding. These are exactly the type of resources I was looking for. I was not able to find the "Greek Syntax Notes" on the web page you referred to, Paul. The same link appears in at least one of Dr. Irons' other PDFs at the site, so perhaps he's taken it down (or I'm somehow overlooking it). I will send him an email to see if it's still available.
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Re: Translators' Notes

Postby Jeff Fischer » January 6th, 2014, 1:30 am

Just to follow up, I did correspond with Dr. Irons. He has taken down his "Greek Syntax Notes" as he has expanded it and submitted it for publication.
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