Click here to get the answers to the most commonly asked RBL questions.

Review of Biblical Literature Blog

Translating the English Bible: From Relevance to Deconstruction
Goodwin, Philip

Cambridge: James Clarke, 2013 pp. 244. £25


Description: In his detailed and thought-provoking work, Philip Goodwin conducts a thorough analysis of the challenges facing the Biblical translator, with particular focus on the problematic dominance of the King James Version of the Bible in our imaginations Ė a dominance which has had a deleterious effect upon the accuracy and originality of the translator's work.
Goodwin considers the first two chapters of the Lukan narratives in depth, comparing and contrasting a breadth of widely disparate translations and drawing on a rich body of Biblical scholarship to support his thesis. A wide-ranging discussion of other linguistic issues is also conducted, touching on such vital matters as incorporating the contextual implications of the original text, and the attempt to challenge the reader's pre-existing knowledge.

Goodwin develops a fresh and comprehensive answer to the difficulties of the translator's task, and concludes by providing his own original and charming translation of the first two chapters of Luke's Gospel. Translating the English Bible provides a fascinating insight into the processes of translation and will interest anyone seeking accuracy and fidelity to the Scriptural message. It will also enlighten readers seeking a challenging translation of Luke that casts off the shackles of the 'Holy Marriage' tradition of Biblical translation.

Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Translation and Translation Theory

Login to Read the Review(s)

You must be a member of SBL to read the review(s). Enter your SBL Member ID and click the "Log in" button. Your use of this site indicates your acceptance of RBLís Terms of Use.

I donít remember my SBL Member ID.

Join SBL or renew your membership to read the review(s).



SBL Membership Id:  


Review by Stephen Pattemore
Published 11/3/2014
Citation: Stephen Pattemore, review of Philip Goodwin, Translating the English Bible: From Relevance to Deconstruction, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


Review by Clement Tong
Published 6/26/2015
Citation: Clement Tong, review of Philip Goodwin, Translating the English Bible: From Relevance to Deconstruction, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


Adobe Acrobat Reader
All RBL reviews are published in PDF format. To view these reviews, you must have downloaded and installed the FREE version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the Reader or you have an older version of the Reader, you can download the most recent version now.

 

 
Privacy PolicyTerms of UseContact Us