View Poll Results: Should the King James Bible be edited by anyone within or without of the church?

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    Re: Edit the King James Bible?

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    Re: Edit the King James Bible?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alfons View Post
    It is my private business what I do and what church I belong!
    Fair enough, just thought I'd ask, as the KJV was written specifically to suit the Church of England.
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    Re: Edit the King James Bible?

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    Fair enough, just thought I'd ask, as the KJV was written specifically to suit the Church of England.
    I'm not a Christian any more, and much as it pains me, I have to agree with Alfons to a degree. I think the KJV, and more specifically the NKJ, is a terrific translation. If you are reading it for clarity and poetry, it can't be beaten. There are some who believe that Shakespeare had a hand in the rewriting. I'm pretty sure that's a myth, but clearly the language is consistent with the era of Shakespeare even if the vocabulary of the KJV is much, much more limited than that of Shakespeare's oeuvre.

    As far as discussing which one has the correct translations of the original Aramaic, Greek and Hebrew, I've no idea. I think Ludahai's prejudice against Luther's work on the bible (not just carried out by him, btw) is amusing given the amount of tinkering the Catholic church did and continues to do to the bible over the centuries. To be consistent, the RCs ought to be using the Septuagint and Greek vulgate. I think it's not that Ludahai wants an authentic version, just one untouched by the protestant heresy.
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    Re: Edit the King James Bible?

    I've nothing against the KJV, or the NKJ, or any of the translations, I just think arguing that one is more correct is ridiculous, they were all translated with an agenda, and I don't see how one agenda is more correct than another.
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    Re: Edit the King James Bible?

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    I've nothing against the KJV, or the NKJ, or any of the translations, I just think arguing that one is more correct is ridiculous, they were all translated with an agenda, and I don't see how one agenda is more correct than another.
    Spot on. Whisper it, but the Moslems have a certain edge over the Christians when it comes to claims of Koranic authority. You can't claim a book is the literal word of God if you're going to allow constant tinkering with its meaning through multiple translations and into languages which cannot necessarily be assumed to have precise semantic analogues with ancient semitic and Greek languages.

    Go for the one that makes you feel better when you read it, the one that fits more closely to your take on the world. That's what everyone has always done, why change the habit of two millenium?
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