Saturday, October 17, 2015

Honesty and faithfulness

From Paul Through Mediterranean Eyes by Kenneth E. Baily p143:
First, biblical languages (and modern Arabic) have no word for honesty. Honesty is a Roman concept, and the word has roots in Latin, Old French, Italian, and Spanish. It has to do with commitment to an impersonal ideal. The biblical word is faithful, which requires a person to whom one is faithful.

Does this have Sapir-Whorf-like consequences?

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