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Narrative criticism and translation: The case of Luke-acts and the Nrsv

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This chapter examines the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) translation of Luke-Acts. Although the NRSV reads well, it fails significantly as a translation in terms of a faithful rendering of the original language of the NT. It suggests, the closer one looks at a specific composition such as Luke-Acts, the worse the translation appears. Perhaps it was the result of the group process and the disproportionate influence of the final editing. Perhaps it was a lack of attentiveness to basic translation issues because of attention paid to inclusive language and euphony. The chapter argues that among other causes, some blame also attaches to a habit of atomistic translation that fails to take into account the larger narrative or rhetorical fashioning of a composition. In the case of the NT, at least, the NRSV does not provide a reliable basis for exegesis or Bible study for those without knowledge of Greek.

Keywords: Bible study; euphony; Luke-Acts; narrative criticism; New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) translation; New Testament (NT)



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