Bible business.(LETTERS)

The Washington Times (Washington, DC), November 29, 2002 | Go to article overview

Bible business.(LETTERS)


Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The article "Bible society marks 50 years for Revised Standard Version" (Nation, Monday) didn't state the main reason why many fundamentalist Christians don't like the proliferation of Bible translations that has taken place, starting with the Revised Standard Version (RSV). It doesn't have anything to do with a preference for thee and thou, or for the sometimes archaic language used in the King James version (KJV).

The major objection is that the RSV and many other recent translations are translated from different original Greek texts than the KJV and also the New King James Version. The KJV and NKJV New Testaments are based on the textus receptus (received text or TR), while most newer translations are based on the Westcott and Hort (W-H) Greek text. Seven percent of the Greek words in the TR are different from those in W-H. Many of the differences are omissions or additions, not just substitutions of words. Many of the W-H omissions include direct references to Jesus Christ, and dramatically affect the reading of individual verses. In fact, some entire verses are missing in the W-H version.

While Westcott and Hort claimed that their texts were older (and, therefore, more accurate) than the TR texts, this assertion is not borne out by scholarly research. …

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