Monday, July 02, 2012
King James And His Translators
I just read something (shown above) quite interesting to me about the King James Version of the New Testament. Here's what it says (in bold, and my reactions in italic:
The King James version of the New Testament was completed in 1611 by 8 members of the Church of England.
Really? So the king had little or nothing to do with the actual job of translation?
There were (and still are) no original texts to translate. The oldest manscripts we have were written down hundreds of years after last apostle died. There are over 8,000 of these manuscripts, with no two alike.
8,000? And who wrote all these? What were their motives and backgrounds?And why were they not consistent?
The King James translators used none of these, anyway. Instead, they edited previous translations to create a version their king and Parliment would approve.
Can this be true? That King James did not translate a single historical document? That it was left up to 8 church members? Members that translated none of the original documents, but only altered earlier versions to create something they believed would be acceptable to the king?
So, 21st Century Christians believe the "Word of God" is a book edited in the 17th Century from 16th Century translations of 8,000 contradictory copies of 4th century scrolls that claim to be copies of lost letters written in the 1st Century.
That's not faith. That's insanity.
Wowzers, that's a mouthful. I certainly would not call it "insanity", but I have to conclude that - if all the above is factual - that nothing but blind faith could accept all that as truth
I've heard comments similiar to these before. Perhaps that's why I am an agnostic... The connection from the Word of God to today's Christian beliefs using the New Testament has - to me - has always been quite tenuous.
There's the reference shown in small print at the bottom of the post. Maybe I'll look it up.