Religious translation

Jacobus Naudé
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According to Robinson (2000: 103–107) religious translation is problematic in terms of the status of translation (Can or should religious texts be translated? How, when, for whom, and with what safeguards or controls should religious texts be translated?), sacredness (Is a translated religious text still sacred, or is it a mere ‘copy’ of the sacred text? What is sacrality, in what does it lodge or reside or inhere, and can it be transported across cultural boundaries?) and text (What is a religious text in an oral culture? What are the limits of a religious text in a literate culture? Do liturgical uses of a translated text count?). These core issues serve to contextualize the nature of the translation activity with respect to the three main monotheistic religions – Judiasm, Christianity, and Islam – and three of their central religious texts, the Bible, the Qur’ān, and the Talmud.

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