By Joze Krasovec

This specific quantity, approximately 2000 pages in size and handsomely revealed on Bible paper, could be the main accomplished scholarly paintings of our time at the translation and interpretation of the Bible. At its middle are papers offered to a world symposium in Ljubljana in September 1996 to mark the e-book of the recent Slovenian model of the Bible, a landmark in Slovene id and cultural lifestyles. furthermore, its extraordinary editor, Joze Krasovec, has commissioned quite a lot of contributions dedicated to translations of the Bible in lots of languages, together with the Slavonic languages, Croatian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish and the Scandinavian languages. The eighty two chapters during this paintings, more often than not in English, are divided into 3 components. half I, on historical translations and hermeneutics of the Bible, includes contributions via M.-E. Boismard, S.P. Brock, K.J. Cathcart, R.P. Gordon, L.J. Grech, M. Hengel, O. Keel, J. Lust, E. Tov and others, with a awesome accomplished bibliographic survey of oriental Bible translations from the 1st millennium by means of M. van Esbroeck. half II, on Slavonic and different translations of the Bible, contains the 1st certain examine of the historical past of the Slavonic Bible, via Francis J. Thomson (over three hundred pp.). half III, with essays by way of such students as J.H. Charlesworth, D.J.A. Clines, J. Gnilka, M. Grg, N. Lohfink and A.C. Thiselton, issues the translation of the Bible in translation, philosophy, theology, artwork and song. In an appendix, a whole checklist of published Bibles in languages in the course of the global is gifted for the 1st time.

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Vnasih solah, v svetopisemskih mestih kot stajeruzalem ali Berseba, v vaseh na gori Karmel ali na Saronski ravnini, vjezreelski dolini ali v kibucih En Gedija na obali Mrtvega morja otroci vsak dan preucujejo Svetopismo. Ucijo sega kot versko besedilo, a tudi kot edinstveno knjigo nase dolge zgodovine ali skromnega zemljepisa, kot edinstveno stvaritev knjizevnosti inpesnistva. « Zelim vam, da v stevilnih prevodih in razlagah Svetega pisma najdete zaklade modrosti in vir navdiha za boljse zivljenje v boljsem svetu.

This explains why the Bible, born within the small nation of Israel, has over centuries gained its position as the world's number one bestseller. Universal imagery, idioms and motifs such as God and humans, the conflict of Good and Evil, love, jealousy, and the human struggle for freedom, truth, and justice are the most universal themes which have penetrated thought processes, vocabulary, everyday speech and all aspects of national culture in almost every land of the world. The vivid simplicity of biblical narratives, the majestic eloquence of prophetic speeches and the universal character of Wisdom sentences always left a great impression on readers.

We stand before a task that should not be put off any longer, since virtually every significant Slovenian poet and writer read the Bible and included its themes and spirit in his work-either inadvertently or by design. France Preseren, Simon Gregorcic, Dragotin Kette, Oton Zupancic, Vladimir Levstik, Stanko Majcen and many others will sooner or later become subjects for comparative research of this nature. In this respect, the most interesting subject for research will be our most important writer, Ivan Cankar, INTERPRETATION OF THE BIBLE whose work displays so many thoughts and turns of phrase that are reminiscent of the Bible.

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