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Jan 30, 2006

Translation gem of the month

Written by Elisabeth H
Cactus
During the translation of Genesis 3 the translation team encountered a botanical problem. The only fig tree that is known to the Sandawe is the cactus fig. Its prickly, fleshy ‘leaves’ would certainly not have been chosen by Adam and Eve to cover themselves. So, instead of saying that they used the leaves of the fig tree, the Sandawe translation just says ‘large leaves’.
 
 
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