language, literalists and lemmings

Eugene Peterson in conversation, see video from 13:58ff..  Context is “translation is betrayal“:

  • EP: “..the worst translations are those that try to be literal”
  • Interviewer: “Wasn’t it Luther who said, “Literalists are lemmings’“?
  • EP: “That’s right… We’re translating all the time. Preachers translate Scripture every time they preach. Reading is a type of translating. I have come to believe that people who call for “literal” translations prefer unthinking to thinking. “




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