Talk:Ante-Nicene Fathers

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Odd Sentence[edit]

At the beginning of the article it states: "The translations are very faithful, but sometimes rather old-fashioned." That can mean several things, but it sounds very "uncyclopedic." —Preceding unsigned comment added by 70.234.188.55 (talk) 01:25, 1 August 2008 (UTC)

I've just spent some time trying to think of an alternative which isn't rampantly POV, and failing. The style of the prose is characteristic of the Victorian period, and is heavy, dull, hard reading, and at least one text was even translated throughout into Jacobean English full of Thee's and Thou's. "Old fashioned" seems to cover the ground. But if someone can think of a concise way of saying that, let's have it. Roger Pearse 20:05, 15 August 2008 (UTC)
The thee's and thou's are not there to sound archaic and so beautiful; they are there because the languages translated preserve the distinctions between first and second persons, singulars and plurals. It is also anachronistic to call such old translations "rather old-fashioned" if they hew to the formal literary style of English prose employed in that time.

tooMuchData

18:24, 13 January 2009 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by TheResearchPersona (talkcontribs)

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