Re: How factual are second-hand translations?

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Sat Jan 05 2002 - 11:53:02 MST

Dossy wrote:

> On 2002.01.05, John Clark <> wrote:
> > By the way, what's the difference between a translation and a
> > second-hand translations?
> The difference between translating it yourself (presumably as one
> with proficiency in the language being translated from) vs. only
> reading in your own language text that was translated by someone
> other than yourself.

It is possible to translate text without actually knowing the language
oneself. An exercise theology students must do is translate a passage
of old testament aramaic by looking up the definition of one word at
a time, laying it all end to end and coming up with an equivalent
set of english sentences. Laborious, onerous task. But it can
be broken up among a large number of individuals and done in
parallel. spike

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