Submission and Its Conflicting Value Systems: A Case Study

  • David B. Bell
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Translating and Interpreting book series (PTTI)


This chapter deals with the translation of evaluative concepts, illustrated through an analysis of English translations for the New Testament term hypotasso. Many English Bibles take on a marked association with a specific action which becomes synonymous with obedience. The context of the Greek term, however, seems to indicate it refers to an attitude towards authority more related to values like respect and honour. While it may often result in obedience and a favourable disposition towards authority, this attitude should not be confused with mindless obedience, a very different concept. A better understanding of the contextual implications of evaluative concepts in both source and target languages would help the translator to minimize textual misunderstandings and find ways of successfully improving the communication of a translation.


English Translation Target Language English Term Passive Voice Semantic Connection 
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  • David B. Bell
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  1. 1.Departamento Filología InglesaUniversidad de AlicanteAlicanteSpain

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