Bags of Bran

You Know, a Qesitah
October 20, 2016, 4:02 pm
Filed under: Bible

The Holman Christian Standard Bible is the in-house translation done by the Southern Baptist convention. Like any translations, it has its eccentricities. For example, we could have anticipated that they would translate the word βαπτίζω as “immerse” because they are Baptists, and doing so would be consistent with their presuppositions. Instead, they went with the accepted transliteration, “baptize.” That’s not confusing, but I think they missed an opportunity.

In Job 42, they went with the transliteration “qesitah” instead of the near-ubiquitous “piece of money” (or “piece of silver”) as rendered by all of the other major translations. Is this an attempt to be consistent with some other presupposition? It does nothing to clarify the meaning of the passage for the reader who doesn’t know extremely obscure Hebrew vocabulary.

HCSB | ‎Job 42:11 All his brothers, sisters, and former acquaintances came to his house and dined with him in his house. They sympathized with him and comforted him concerning all the adversity the LORD had brought on him. Each one gave him a qesitah and a gold earring.

You know, a qesitah. Maybe it’s like a quesadilla.


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