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who he?

By Diogenes ( articles ) | Mar 12, 2007

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Did you catch the smooth, contemporary translation of this passage from the Gospel heard on Sunday (Luke 13: 6-7)?

There once was a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard, and when he came in search of fruit on it but found none, he said to the gardener...

Just guessing, but I think this "person" was male, since "he" was searching in "his" orchard. Or is "he" being used in the generic sense-- which is, after all, acceptable English usage? But then again if "he" can be used generically, why can't "he" be a generic "man" rather than a "person?"

I'm confused. Still I'm reassured to know that the translations now in use are smooth and readable, and employ the language of everyday English usage. Bishop Trautperson told us so.

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  • Posted by: John J Plick - May. 12, 2010 11:54 AM ET USA

    You (and much of the Church) are playing a psychological shell game, Diogenes. When you are caught in sin it is best to admit it, and not play the victim.

  • Posted by: paul20105493 - May. 11, 2010 1:55 PM ET USA

    SentimentalGent, I couldn't have said it better.

  • Posted by: SentimentalGent - May. 10, 2010 9:51 PM ET USA

    I didn't find it necessary to look. Don't need to take a manhole off a sewer to find out if it smells down there.