Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Bird's "Playdoyee" book

The best line in the Martin Meiser's recent review of Bird's SROG is the last: 

In sum, this well-reasoned playdoyee for reconciliation deserves many attentive readers. 

I'm not sure what the word "playdoyee" means, but I wonder if this is a typo by Meiser for "playdoughee"? This is surely more characteristic of Bird. 

3 comments:

Dan Bailey said...

Hi Michael,

I immediately also noticed Herr Meiser's use of the expression "pladoyee for reconciliation" at the end of his RBL review of your book. I recognized it as essentially transliterated German, das Plädoyer = plea. I do not think that the term has been domesticated into English. I found only one English-language use of it on the Web: "This page is primarily a pladoyee for modesty and self-criticism."

Best,

Dan Bailey

(I noticed this because I'm a German translator, especially of books by Peter Stuhlmacher, who has used the word "Plädoyer" more than once in works I have translated. So far I have published Stuhlmacher, Revisiting Paul's Doctrine of Justification; Janowski and Stuhlmacher, The Suffering Servant: Isaiah 53 in Jewish and Christian Sources. Also Klauck, Ancient Letters and the New Testment, etc.)

Joel Willitts said...

Dan:

Thanks for the note. It was actually me (Joel Willitts) who wrote this comment as a pun on Mike having playdoughee arguments. Thanks for the surely correct explanation. I would not have recognized that word as a German transliteration.

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