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Journal of Translation 1(1)

Considerations for OT translation

Author  Tauberschmidt, Gerhard

Old Testament translation brings new challenges. This article touches on some of the areas which may need special attention when translating the Hebrew Bible. These include textual issues, hapax legomena, genre, and poetical language. Textual problems in the OT are more difficult to handle compared to those in the NT. Rare words or words that occur only once are more frequent and difficult to explain. Some of the text types differ from those of the NT and need to be investigated because they can influence our exegesis. Finally, the poetical language is richer and more abundant and may challenge some of our translation theories. The article does not cover these issues in any depth but is intended to raise awareness, give guidance, and suggest some further helps.

  Considerations for OT translation
Published  2005
Language  Hebrew, Ancient [hbo]
Subject  Translation
Keywords  Exegesis; Issues in Old Testament translation; Textual issues in the Old Testament; Hebrew exegesis; Translating rare words (hapax legomena); Translating Hebrew poetry; Translation