Thursday, 6 March 2008

Controversy

A storm of controvery has arisen over a newly published gospel, discovered recently in a cave in Jordan by a nondescript man sheltering from a sandstorm, but kept till now from the attention of the wider world. The controversy refers to a released passage where Jesus, irritated by having to explain a beautifully simple parable to his disciples, complains about being "saddled with a bunch of fucking eejits." The publishers insist the translation is accurate, defending the decision to release with the words: "This brings us closer to Jesus the man than ever before." Eejits was chosen as apparently being closest in subtle precision to the original.

4 comments:

Selena Dreamy said...

Eejits was chosen as apparently being the closest in subtle precision to the original.

I am already acutely aware of the force of his oratory, Andrew, and no doubt his anger was entirely legitimate, but your brief still leaves me short of the actual translation of the term Eejits?!

Nor does the colloqualism preceding it - apart from being an incriminating statement - appear to shed any light on "the original"?!

Dreamy

Andrew K said...

If you're asking the meaning of eejit, Selena, it's Irish rough equivalent of idiot, but more colourful, with perhaps slightly more of a hint of humour rather than serious intent. I'm afraid I'm as in the dark as you are over the original language used. I'm very low down the information ladder.

Jonathan said...

Interesting that people would find it strange that Jesus would swear or behave in a roguish manner, given that he is supposed to be 'fully human', according to Classical Orthodox Christology. Ah, yes, but it is a 'platonic' conception of fully human, not an actual conception of the humanity which occurs.

May God save us from politeness, please, if its cost is the denial of the real. If not, ok, let's be polite.

Andrew K said...

The full flesh & bones reality is perhaps not what is wanted by many of us. People want their spirituality to be nicely removed from this sphere, simply relating to a comforting faith in an after-life, while they can get on with faith in worldly leaders, the nexessity of wars, distractions, etc in this life.