June 24, 2004
Some names are changed (St. Peter becomes "Rocky," Mary Magdeline becomes "Maggie," Aaron becomes "Ron," Andronicus becomes "Andy" and Barabbas becomes "Barry"), as are Biblical concepts (to baptize becomes "to dip," salvation becomes "healing" or "completeness" and Heaven becomes "the world beyond time and space" and the Son of Man, as Jesus describes Himself in scripture, becomes "the Complete Person").
But what is more disturbing is the change in conceptual meaning that results from some of the wholesale changes.
Here, according to the London Times, are a few sample passages:Now, I'm all for bringing the Word to the masses, and making the Word more understandable and accessable to the multitudes. There are certainly plenty of ways to bring more to the flock for the greater good of the Almighty.
Authorized version: "John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins."
New: "John, nicknamed 'The Dipper,' was 'The Voice.' He was in the desert, inviting people to be dipped, to show they were determined to change their ways and wanted to be forgiven."
Authorized version: "And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him. And there came a voice from the heaven saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
New: "As he was climbing up the bank again, the sun shone through a gap in the clouds. At the same time a pigeon flew down and perched on him. Jesus took this as a sign that God's spirit was with him. A voice from overhead was heard saying, 'That's my boy! You're doing fine!'"
Authorized version: "Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, 'Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.' But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest."
New: "Meanwhile Rocky was still sitting in the courtyard. A woman came up to him and said: 'Haven't I seen you with Jesus, the hero from Galilee?" Rocky shook his head and said: 'I don't know what the hell you're talking about!'"
1 Corinthians 7:1-2
KJV: "Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: [It is] good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, [to avoid] fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband."
New: "Some of you think the best way to cope with sex is for men and women to keep right away from each other. That is more likely to lead to sexual offences. My advice is for everyone to have a regular partner."
1 Corinthians 7:8-7
KJV: "I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I. But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn."
New: "If you know you have strong needs, get yourself a partner. Better than being frustrated."
But there's something inherently and fundamentally wrong with making these kinds of wholesale changes to the Bible.
All I could imagine when hearing of "Rocky" was Sylvester Stallone screaming "AAAAADRIENNEEEE!!!!!"
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My mom and dad gave Mitchell & Jasmine Bibles this spring when we started going back to church regularly; Jasmine's is Zondervan's Teen Bible, which (if memory serves) is a RSV, and Mitchell's is a "Bible for Boys," (complete with articles about all the "cool stuff" in the Bible, like "the grossest things people ate" [rolling eyes] -- I guess anything within reason to get younger kids interested in the Word) from Zondervan, and it's definitely an RSV edition.
I'd like to get my hands on a RSV study bible so that I don't have to glom onto Rachel's when I want to compare and contrast the texts.
Ah, well...a step at a time...
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