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Mary Sidney’s Translation of ṣeḏeq as ‛Just’ rather than ‛Righteous’

Elizabeth Ann Remington Willett
Published Online: 2016-09-14 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2016-0057


Mary Sidney’s (1561-1621) interesting and entertaining free translations of the Psalms using lyric poetry forms prized by the Renaissance literary world highlight women’s roles often glossed over by male translators. In addition, Mary Sidney chooses to translate Hebrew ṣeḏeq as ‛just’ in contrast to the King James’s ‛righteous’, perhaps reflecting her concern for community justice, while the king spiritualized the concept in order to protect his position and right to enforce royal wishes.

Keywords: Bible translation; women’s translation; Psalms as poetry; ideology in Bible translation


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About the article

Received: 2016-03-14

Accepted: 2016-06-13

Published Online: 2016-09-14

Citation Information: Open Theology, Volume 2, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 2300-6579, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2016-0057.

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©2016 Elizabeth Ann Remington Willett. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. BY-NC-ND 3.0

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