Research Shows Proper Punctuation Is Essential For Accurate Bible Translation

What do you get when you put an exclamation point and a question mark together? This:

To Interrobang, or not to Interrobang: is that even a question!?
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A very interesting piece of punctuation, the Interrobang.

What if John Wycliffe had one handy? He might have found it useful in Genesis 4:9.

 Y am the kepere of my brothir?!

Or maybe not.


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8 Responses to Research Shows Proper Punctuation Is Essential For Accurate Bible Translation

  1. Laura Droege says:

    Love this. I try to read the dialogues in the Bible with expression, trying to “hear” the tone of voice. On Sunday, we read the passage in John about how Caiphas told the other Jewish leaders, in essence, “You know nothing at all! DON’T YOU GET IT?! It’s better for one person to die than for everyone else to!” Total impatience, practically stomping his foot. How did my fellow Sunday school members read this aloud? Flat toned, no expression. An interrobang in the translation might’ve helped! Or would it?!?!

    • Tim says:

      I hear those monotone readings and wonder if people might be afraid to give inflection, not wanting to insert a meaning that isn’t there. Then again, reading it in a monotone seems like a meaning that’s not there too. Or is it?!?!?!

  2. Erica M. says:

    That was the passage in my daily Scripture reading. Although I usually hear it in my head in this spluttering, defensive tone: “Well how am *I* supposed to know where my brother is?” (Although the interrobang would work out well there too.)

  3. Jeannie says:

    Or maybe Cain’s response had a bit of THIS flavour. I could see an interrobang there:

  4. Pastor Bob says:

    The right response seems elusive, so i will trye a gud-won becasue as we trai an comunicait wee find meny problums an spelin as wun uv thees tu.

    The right way REALLY helps – but he new mark is covered — (!)


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