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A Mind-Bending Translation of the New Testament

posted on December 11, 2017

The Atlantic’s James Parker writes about David Bentley Hart’s provocative translation of the New Testament, which was published in October. Hart explains, “I have elected to produce an almost pitilessly literal translation; many of my departures from received practices are simply my efforts to make the original text as visible as possible through the palimpsest of its translation.” Parker adds of the text, “Oddness, in fact, might be the signature – the breakthrough, even – of Hart’s translation. No committee prose here, no compromises or waterings-down: This is one man in grim submission to the kinks and quirks of the New Testament’s authors.”

Read at The Atlantic