Losing them, fixing them, forgetting to put them in
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Walter Wink is professor of Biblical interpretation at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City. He’s the author of Naming the Powers, Unmasking the Powers, and The Bible in Human Transformation, among other books.
When the court translators working in the hire of King James chose to translate antistenai as “Resist not evil,” they were doing something more than rendering Greek into English. They were translating nonviolent resistance into docility. Jesus did not tell his oppressed hearers not to resist evil. That would have been absurd.