Author Archives: fputnam

About fputnam

Born in New Hampshire; raised in Connecticut; educated, married, and careered in Pennsylvania. Music, books, tea, conversation with friends ... this is a good life.

In a Pig’s Nose!

Pr 11 22 – Frozen Renderings The traditional (and unanimous) renderings of Proverbs 11.22 are misleading, suggesting that the deficiency lies in the woman’s ability to discern error; examining the Hebrew text reveals that she is willfully ignorant, rejecting opportunities … Continue reading

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The Incarnation as Rent Collection

rent collection 03 11 This brief paper shows that in the “parable of the wicked tenants” Jesus presents his mission as one of rent collection, rather than in the far more common images of helper, physician, judge, &c.

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Why Translation Matters

Translating Metaphors This short paper demonstrates how a literal translation from Biblical Hebrew to English can hide a metaphor that would have been (nearly) explicit to its original audience.

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