I find translating to be a useful and fun exercise. For one thing, it helps build your language skills. For another, it forces a close reading. Spending a lot of time with a text, translating it, really gives you a good feel for all its details, and is especially useful with a rich and intricate text like the Bible, which requires a lot of close reading. Below are some of my translations. I’ve dabbled a little in the French journal Le Monde, but most of it is Greek and Latin texts.

A note for those interested: although I am an amateur, I found that after reading Anne Groton’s From Alpha to Omega and A First Hebrew Primer by Simon, Motzkin, and Resnikoff, I was able to dive right into the Greek and Hebrew of the Bible. Of course, I need dictionaries. The StackExchange Hermeneutics community also helps. But these books were enough to start reading Greek and Hebrew. So a big heartfelt thanks to the authors.

Ephesians 1 2 3 4

Le Monde:

  1. Liban : Saad Hariri reçu à l’Elysée remercie Emmanuel Macron et veut s’exprimer à Beyrouth

Passages from the Vulgate:

  1. The magi visit the Messiah
  2. John the Baptist prepares the way
  3. The Baptism of Jesus
  4. Jesus is tested in the wilderness
  5. Jesus Calls his First Disciples
  6. The Beatitudes
  7. Parable of the Friend at Night
  8. Lord’s Prayer
  9. Parable of the Good Samaritan
  10. Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican
  11. The Word of the Cross
  12. A Prophet without Honor

Passages from the New Testament:

  1. Beatitudes
  2. Lord’s Prayer
  3. Love is patient, love is kind
  4. The Greatest Commandment

The Book of John:

  1. In the beginning was the Word
  2. John is questioned
  3. John testifies about Jesus
  4. “We have found the Messiah”
  5. Jesus calls Philip and Nathaniel
  6. The wedding at Cana
  7. Jesus cleanses the temple
  8. Passover feast
  9. Jesus teaches Nicodemus (pt. 1)
  10. Jesus teaches Nicodemus (pt. 2)
  11. John testifies again about Jesus
  12. Jesus and the Woman of Samaria

Julius Caesar, De Bello Gallico:

  1. Book I Chapter I
  2. Book I Chapter II
  3. Book I Chapter III

Ovid, The Metamorphoses

  1. Invocatio, I.1-4
  2. Peneus River, I.568-572
  3. Gathering of the Rivers, I.573-581
  4. Inachus Mourns for Io, I.582-586
  5. Jove Sees Io, I.587-590
  6. Jove Pleads with Io, I.591-596
  7. Joves Rapes Io, I.596-600
  8. Juno Looks for Jove, I.601-606
  9. Juno Asks about the Heifer, I.607-614
  10. Jove Gives Up Io, I.615-621

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