The Bible, its languages and its translations

The World of the Bible

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We often refer to the Bible as the Book, emphasizing its status as the single most important, fundamental text of Christianity, perhaps even of the entire Western civilization. What tends to slip our mind, however, is the plurality of its linguistic origins – its various translations, source texts, revisions… After identifying the languages in which the Bible was written, and analyzing the characteristics of each, the question of translation arises: is translation necessarily a betrayal? How should we approach the Word amidst all this plurality? To explore these questions The World of the Bible asked a number of specialists to examine different ancient versions of the Bible: the first Masoretic texts, the Alexandrian version, the Eastern, the Western, the Latin, and last but not least, the one by Romano-Jewish scholar Flavius Josephus. We then conclude our inquiry by going over the history of the English translations, their incredible plurality within a single language.
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About the author

The contributors for this book:

Philippe Le Moigne
Professor (MCF) of Greek Languages and Literatures at Paul-Valéry Montpellier III University

Jean-Daniel Macchi
Professor of Old Testament studies, Dean of the Faculty of Theology, University of Geneva

Étienne Nodet
École biblique et archéologique française, Jerusalem

Pierre-Maurice Bogaert
Professor Emeritus at the Université catholique de Louvain

Christian Cannuyer
Faculty of  Theology, Catholic University of Lille

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Publisher
Bayard
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Published on
Jul 28, 2014
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Pages
60
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ISBN
9782909820675
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Language
English
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Genres
Art / History / Ancient & Classical
Art / Subjects & Themes / Religious
History / Jewish
History / Middle East / General
Religion / Biblical Studies / Bible Study Guides
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