Re: The Lord's Prayer
Jan 05, 2006 06:58 AM
by John Plummer
Thanks for your post on the "Aramaic Lord's Prayer" business. I
very much agree with what you say, and, IMHO, the same applies to
Neil Douglas-Klotz's more famous yet equally dubious "translation."
I would have no problem with any of these renderings of the Lord's
Prayer if folks were very clear about the fact that these are
personal, modern interpretations - and not in any way literal
translations of the text.
For anyone to whom this seems a bit hard-nosed ---- If you are
really interested in the biblical text, it is well worth taking a
little Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek at your local university or
seminary. I'm not particularly good at languages, but had to suffer
through the required amount in Divinity School, and am glad that I
did. It doesn't take a lot to acquire enough familiarity to use
standard resources to check out issues for yourself.
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