[LMB] OT: Women and education

Eric Oppen ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Sun Sep 12 18:56:04 BST 2021

One reason the Church objected to translation of the Bible was that they
were afraid that bad translations would lead to heresies arising.  There
was some reason behind this.  Translations are inevitably not exact,
particularly between non-related languages (such as Hebrew or Aramaic and
an Indo-European language) and when vernacular Bibles began to appear, new
"heresies" sprang up like mushrooms after a spring rain.

The Church had no objection at all to Latinate laymen (there were actually
quite a few of those, the more of them the higher you went in rank) reading
the Bible.

This is one reason that Muslims believe the only authoritative Quran is the
original Arabic text.  Non-Arabic-speaking Muslims will read translations,
but they go to Arabic-speaking scholars for interpretations.

On Sun, Sep 12, 2021 at 12:36 PM Elizabeth Holden <alzurite at gmail.com>

> Sylvia said:
> > Once the printing press made it feasible for people to read their own
> > Bibles, people saw the value of teaching people to read.... so they could
> > read the Bible, of course. Very pious.
> But that isn't how it happened. In England, at least, some people saw the
> value of reading the bible for themselves, and they espoused literacy. Then
> they were burned at the stake for Lollardry. The establishment - most of
> all, the established Church - thought this was a very bad idea indeed.
> Literacy (especially literacy for women), Protestantism, and humanism
> became linked over the next few centuries. The links between this movement,
> and the Enlightenment, and rights/education for women, and the Industrial
> Revolution, all had their part in social change, but it wasn't overnight
> and it wasn't direct.
> It also depends what country or continent you are looking at.
> > Once a literate population existed, it was feasible to make some sort of
> > income with "improving" books, such as Lady Waggoner's Guide To Young
> > Ladies.
> You make it sound like an immediate consequence. What are you thinking of?
> I'm not finding any hits on Google for anything of that title, except "The
> Ruthless Lady's Guide to Wizardry" by CM Waggoner., published 2021. I don't
> think this is what you meant.
> Gutenberg's bible was published in 1450; there were hundreds of years
> before guides for Young Ladies were published mass-market. Young ladies in
> the middle ages did have books to better their minds - Books of Hours - but
> that existed before printing. Schools to teach literacy to middle-class
> children didn't exist till the late Renaissance.
> >  or How To Improve Your Grammar In 10 Easy Leffons!!!
> Are you familiar with the popular best-seller, "English as She Is Spoke"?
> Your comment made me think of it.
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_as_She_Is_Spoke
> I think you see a simpler progression than I do.
> namaste,
> Elizabeth
> Elizabeth Holden <azurite at azurite.ca>
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