Archive for February, 2011

Jeremiah’s use of atbash

February 25, 2011

Here’s yet another example of the difficulty involved in translating from one language to another. Some things just don’t survive translation.

But, read the whole article: it is a fascinating look at yet another literary device, the atbash, used by Hebrew Prophets.

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The only frustrating aspect
of finding atbash in the Hebrew Bible is that an atbash cannot survive translation
into another language.5 Thus, any atbash that might have been included on the small
or large plates of Nephi and/or that made it into Mormon’s abridgment would
probably not have survived the translation into English. Too bad.