Saying What We Mean and Meaning What We Say

sarah rudenAuthor Sarah Ruden to Speak at The Redeemer
Sunday, February 25 at 10:30am

In December of last year, Pope Francis shocked the world by suggesting the translation of the Lord’s Prayer traditionally used by most churches was not particularly accurate. Though hardly surprising to many, the Pope’s declaration reminded us how important the work of biblical translation is to our faith.

Sarah Ruden is a prolific writer who has published new and sometimes challenging translations of some of civilization’s most important texts. In a book called The Face of Water: A Translator on Beauty and Meaning in the Bible, Ruden turns her attention to Scripture, brilliantly and elegantly explaining some of its most famous passages. Ruden reexamines and retranslates from the Hebrew and Greek what has been obscured and misunderstood over time. Though not a Biblical scholar, Ruden reveals what translation can accomplish when done well. Her translations of some of the Bible’s most famous texts allow us to read them as if for the very first time. One reviewer, who refers to Ruden’s “translating genius,” suggests that her provocative book represents a “strong jolt to our complacent and comfortable acceptance of Bibles that say the same old things the same old way.”

Members of The Redeemer are using The Face of Water: A Translator on Beauty and Meaning in the Bible for their small-group Lenten Studies this year.

On Sunday, February 25 at 10:30, join the people of Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr as they welcome Sarah Ruden for an event entitled “Saying What We Mean and Meaning What We Say.” At this event, Dr. Ruden will discuss her new book and share her powerful translation of the Lord’s Prayer. Please contact David Romanik for more information.

Last Published: February 8, 2018 4:41 PM