Coarse Language In The Bible?
Its culture shocking!
In an article I recently wrote in Bible Reviewa on the problems of Bible translating, I distinguished two styles of translation: reader-centered (covert) and text-centered (overt). The first style of translation tries to convey to the reader the impression of an original author in the language of the translation. The second style of translation retains linguistic and cultural elements of the original; therefore, the reader in the new language may feel like a stranger looking in from the outside. A readers letter to the editor of BR picks up on this distinction to raise some other interesting issues. Here is the letter: