Seven Brief Lessons on Language

Non-Fiction - Religion/Philosophy
100 Pages
Reviewed on 03/05/2022
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Author Biography

“Seven Brief Lessons on Language” is Jonathan Dunne’s fourth book on language. He has previously published “The DNA of the English Language” (2007), an introduction to word connections; “The Life of a Translator” (2013), which looks at coincidence in translation; and “Stones Of Ithaca” (2019), a study of the relationship between language and the environment, which uses the example of stones from the beaches of the Greek island of Ithaca.

Jonathan is a graduate in Classics from Oxford University. He has translated more than seventy books from the Bulgarian, Catalan, Galician and Spanish languages for publishing houses such as Penguin Random House, New Directions and Shearsman Books. He lives with his family in Sofia and serves as a subdeacon in the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Leonard William Smuts for Readers' Favorite

The richness of any language can be found in its words and in our sense of their meaning. In some cases, the messages are either encoded or simply too nuanced to be easily discerned if read casually. On occasion, meaning has been lost in the translation. This is especially true of the Bible, which has seen many translations and has been widely interpreted - or in some cases misinterpreted - over many years. Seven Brief Lessons on Language is an exploration of the language used in the English version of the Bible, and in doing so finds new explanations for some of the anomalies which exist. In unraveling the words, spelling, phonetics, context, and subtleties, Jonathan Dunne gives readers fresh insights into how keywords can reshape our understanding when different meanings are attributed to them. In some cases, the links to Greek and even Sanskrit are examined to provide background. Parables such as the Workers in the Vineyard are re-interpreted, as well as the paradox of the Trinity. New word equivalents are put forward, such as in heart and earth, which are comprised of the same letters.

Jonathan Dunne is a graduate of Oxford University and this is his fourth book on language. He is an accomplished translator and an Orthodox Christian. In writing Seven Brief Lessons on Language, he uses his considerable academic skills, backed by research and experience, to bring new meaning to familiar biblical passages and parables. Jonathan approaches his subject in an unconventional and innovative manner. He rearranges letters, substitutes others, uses look-alikes, and reads letters in reverse. Upper and lower case letters are also transposed. The results are remarkable! His interpretations and conclusions may not find favor with all Christians but will provide food for thought for many others. The book offers new explanations for words and texts whose meaning has been either obscured or taken for granted over the years. It will appeal to biblical scholars and those searching for a new depth of understanding of their faith and should be read with an open heart.