The importance of correct translation becomes especially obvious when mistakes are found. A translator’s talent is not only about the knowledge of foreign languages, but also about attention to detail and the ability to see and analyze the big picture. Even the tiniest errors can sometimes lead to serious and even tragic consequences. History could even turn a completely different way as a result of the smallest mistake.
Bright Side feels like it is absolutely necessary to share these fatal translator’s mistakes, some of which changed the course of history.
Why was Eve made of Adam’s rib?
Many of us are convinced that the first woman, Eve, was made of the first man, Adam’s rib. And we don’t even ask the question “Why the rib?”
But in fact, this piece of knowledge is nothing more than the mistake of a translator who didn’t know that the Hebrew word tsela has 2 meanings: “rib”, and “reflection.” So, the phrase should sound like this, “God created woman as a reflection of man.”