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Why the ESV Made this Decision on...

Discussion in 'Bible Versions & Translations' started by TCGreek, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. TCGreek

    TCGreek New Member

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    A few days ago I noticed the ESV rendered gyne as "wife" in 1 Cor 11:3-6, but then rendered the same gyne as "woman" from vv. 7-14.

    What's the reason behind this usual decision, at least in my opinion?
     
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    I believe only the translator(s) could correctly answer this question.
     
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    What an interesting observation!
    I've alway had problems with this passage.
    The main difficulty I have stems from the phrase, "...because of the angels".

    Re: woman/wife
    The ESV's footnotes help explain things.

    wife, vs 3 - - - Greek gunē. This term may refer to a woman or a wife, depending on the context

    wife, vs 5 - - - In verses 5–13, the Greek word gunē is translated wife in verses that deal with wearing a veil, a sign of being married in first-century culture

    It is strange how verse 7 uses the word woman and footnotes Proverbs 12:4;
    An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.
    ESV

    Additional footnotes lead to Genesis 2 where "woman" was created, I'd guess that is the key for the switch.

    I like the ESV's take on this passage...don't know if it's right,
    I'll have to study it out a bit more sometime.

    Rob
     
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