Kedoshim: Language and Translation

Three versions of Leviticus/Vayikra verse 19:4: Do not turn [al-tafnu] to the idols [el-ha-elilim] nor make molten gods [elohei masechahfor yourself. I am the LORD your God. (Alter*) Do not turn-your-faces [al-tafnu] to no-gods [el-ha-elilim], and molten gods [elohei masechah] you are not to make yourselves, I am YHVH your God! (Fox*) Do not turn […]

Acharei Mot: Language and Translation

Sound and word patterns evident in the Hebrew text do not always translate well into other languages. Fox* notes that Chapter 17 of Leviticus/Vayikra is “built at least partially on repeating sound patterns”: A threefold refrain is “That man is to be cut off from his kinspeople,” stressing the seriousness of the prohibition. Four times […]