Monthly Archives: December 2012

A “liturgical” translation

Some correspondents note the important issue of a “liturgical” version, a translation that is suitable for use in public worship. Dr. Eugene Nida, the “father” of the DE/FE translation approach, though his primary focus of attention was elsewhere, did not … Continue reading

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Study Bible notes provide a contextual framework for the biblical text

One of the early problems with the Dynamic Equivalence (DE) approach was its focus on “content” (however deep or layered) or “the message” (without always clearly defining what that meant). This was coupled with the assumption that it is (or … Continue reading

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On the “literariness” of Scripture

Some critics would claim that in general (with some exceptions, especially in Hebrew poetry) in the original language texts “the ideas in the Bible are explicated in a non literary fashion.” We have already discussed this issue of the relative … Continue reading

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DE Version in English?

Someone once asked me: “Where are those DE (dynamic equivalence) versions that don’t dumb down the text? I have not seen any published in my lifetime. I think such talk is justified if you look at what has actually been … Continue reading

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The ‘evolution’ of/from Nida

So-called “Dynamic Equivalence” (better: “Functional Equivalence”) Bible translation as developed by Eugene A. Nida has “evolved” in some UBS circles over the years and has been considerably supplemented (some would say, transformed) into the cognitive “frames of reference” approach (see … Continue reading

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“Dynamic Equivalence” (ala Nida) revisited

First of all, we need to note the often confusing matter of definition. At the beginning of its entry on this topic, the well-known authority “Wikipedia” states: “Dynamic equivalence (also known as functional equivalence)…” This is a common perception, and … Continue reading

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Intentional “literature” in the Scriptures?

Some scholars appeal to the criterion of authorial intention when determining the genre, or type, of a piece of writing. They might go on to claim that if such writing was not intended as art, at least in part, then … Continue reading

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