Language and Translation of the New Testament

Stanley E. Porter

in The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780199237777
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Language and Translation of the New Testament

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The language and translation of the New Testament are two closely related issues. One addresses the question of the nature and background of the language in which the New Testament was written by its original authors, and the other addresses the varied and ongoing responses to this text by those who for various reasons have found it necessary to read the New Testament in languages other than the original. This article discusses the issues surrounding the Greek of the New Testament, with reference to theories regarding other languages that may have played a part in the linguistic milieu of the New Testament. It then considers issues surrounding the rise of modern translations, especially those into English.

Keywords: language; New Testament; Greek; English translations

Article.  12449 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Christianity

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