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Thursday, 25 June 2015

Two Translations

Caroline Johnson Hodge, Apostle to the Gentiles: Constructions of Paul's Identity
Biblican Interpretation 13, 3 (2005), 270-288

Hodge next asks why we have two translations for the word Ioudaios: Jew and Judean. She says:

My concern is that using these two terms allows us to move further away from ancient understandings of ethnic identity. This double nomenclature permits an artificial separation between our understandings of Ioudaioi in antiquity and connection to homeland including the local temple and cult ... This exacerbates an already problematic tendency we have (as products of the modern West) to separate ethnicity from religion.

Posted By Jonathan, 8:09am Comment Comments: 1

Thursday, 25 June 2015
Comment -

Yes. Is this also part of our boxy 'Greek' way of thinking that separates out issues to examine and then fails to integrate them back into the whole once examined? The former discipline has value, of course, but the latter methodology of addressing the whole should not be neglected.

Posted By Timothy Butlin 08:18am