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Public Lecture: In the beginning was the Word | The languages that God Speaks

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Public Lecture: In the beginning was the Word | The languages that God Speaks Session 1: Bible translation: The power of logos on 9th February 2017



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From the Garden of Eden to the Mount of Olives, it was through words that God spoke to men.

This series of four talks wishes to reflect on the languages of the Bible, namely Hebrew and Greek, the original languages of the Old and the New Testament, and on Latin, the language of biblical text transmission in the West up until the Reformation and thereafter.

After an introductory session, which will deal mainly with the relations between language and their writing systems and religious texts in general, each following session will deal with each of the Biblical languages, briefly describing them and the more relevant questions surrounding the textual linguistic composition.

About the Talk: Session 1: Bible translation: The power of logos (9th Feb 2017)

The introductory session will explore the necessity and limitations of translation, the problems in translating into languages of a different type, such as Hebrew and Greek, and the power of words and language in the context of religious texts. Questions regarding different writing systems will also be dealt with.

About the Speaker

Roberto Ceolin PhD (Oxon.) was educated in Coimbra, Salamanca, Salzburg and Oxford. He wrote his doctoral thesis on the Greek verb and his present research focuses mostly on the Indo-European and Greek verbal systems.

He has taught Latin and Greek, as well as courses on historical and synchronic linguistics, in Salamanca, Salzburg and Oxford. At present he teaches ancient languages at the Faculty of Religious Studies-USJ, Macau.