David Bentley Hart's new translation of The New Testament (Yale University Press, 2017)

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Jul 27 2018 12:16 PM

It would be good to get this in Logos:

A Mind-Bending Translation of the New Testament

David Bentley Hart’s text recaptures the awkward, multivoiced power of the original.


Particularly interesting for Logos because of this (excerpt from the article):

In the beginning was the Word, says the Gospel according to John—a lovely statement of the case, as it’s always seemed to me. A pre-temporal syllable swelling to utterance in the mouth of the universe, spoken once and heard forever: God’s power chord, if you like. For David Bentley Hart, however, whose mind-bending translation of the New Testament was published in October, the Word—as a word—does not suffice: He finds it to be “a curiously bland and impenetrable designation” for the heady concept expressed in the original Greek of the Gospels as Logos. The Chinese word Tao might get at it, Hart tells us, but English has nothing with quite the metaphysical flavor of Logos, the particular sense of a formative moral energy diffusing itself, without diminution, through space and time. So he throws up his hands and leaves it where it is: “In the origin there was the Logos …”

The New Testament: A Translation

by David Bentley Hart

Yale University Press (2017)

ISBN: 978-0300186093


I see that someone has already created a UserVoice suggestion for it. I've just added my 3 votes:


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Nick Steffen | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 31 2018 6:39 AM

Big Smile Yes

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Theo | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Aug 4 2018 9:04 AM

You are not the first but in a long line of those who have suggested this:


Only 24 votes though. That appears to be 8 people using three votes, so maybe that is why FL is not pursuing it.  I guess more people need to vote!

Apparently people tend to be afraid of a one man's translation vs. a traditional committee style approach for good reasons even though Eugene Peterson's Message Bible did so well.

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Roger Dittmar | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Aug 4 2018 9:18 AM


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