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From:Chris Bates <chris.maths_student@...>
Date:Friday, December 3, 2004, 8:03
> > ..and that list is not exhaustive and does not include versions from the > US. One can only wonder what planet Chris Bates inhabits. >
I don't go looking for Bibles. :) The only examples I've seen are ones that have crossed my path, like the New Testament we were all given in school by a charity, which was certainly one of the densest worst written books I have ever had the misfortune to try to read. About the only thing that was clear were the page numbers.
> >> So how can you have a universally applicable >> book which contains concepts which can't be properly translated? > > > Why just pick on the Bible? Why not the Upanishads, Vedas & other > scriptures of the Hindus? Why not the Buddhist Tripitaka, the Avesta of > the Zoroastrians or the Guru Granth Sahib of the Sikhs? >
I said Bible where I probably should have said scripture... my intention was to focus on religious literature of that kind not the particular christian Bible.
> >> Poetry (broadly) is at once universally applicable and entirely local. >> The best of it is the more applicable as it is the more local. This >> is paradoxical, but the whole subject is paradoxical." > > > In my not inconsiderable experience, poetry has _far more_ difficulties > when it comes to translation than most parts of the scriptures have. > Indeed IMSHO true poetry is both universally applicable and impossible to > translate properly.
> >> But I think this thread would better die; it's OT, and potentially >> inflammable. > > > Yes, it is certainly OT. When answering Henrik's original questions, I > strove hard to keep on topic. Ill-informed stuff about priests keeping > the > Bible difficult and all the rest is quite IMO tantamount to trolling. >
Again, it has been my experience that compared to the Bibles I have seen and the one I was given Shakespeare, Chaucer and the like are positively easy to follow. And I wasn't trolling, since the intent of a troll is to stir up flame wars and the like... I was presenting an honest opinion and clearly said at the bottom of the email that if any wanted to start a debate on the subject it would be better off-list, but since everyone replied onlist so did I.


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