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3.16.2004

The subject of translation came up on Friday’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Following a segment with Tim LaHaye, co-author of the Left Behind novels about the rapture and the Second Coming, Gross interviewed Gersham Gorenberg, associate editor and columnist for The Jeruslaem Post and author of The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount. According to Gorenberg, the millennial Christians claim they simply follow the literal meaning of the Bible when describing the end times. Gorenberg is critical of this:

“One thing that’s very funny about it, actually, is that oftentimes the literal interpretations are being offered by people who actually can’t read the original text. They are literal interpretations of a translation. And, of course, every translation is in itself an interpretation. So they’re taking the English text of the Bible and building these theories upon it.”

-S. Schudy


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