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Old 01-07-2001, 10:31 AM   #1
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Post The Wicked Bible (KJV 1631)

I thought this was an interesting bit of history concerning this particular 1631 KJV. It was dubbed “wicked” for an omission of a certain word in the seventh commandment. An oh, what an omission it was! The word “not” was left out. Well, I forgot exactly what the seventh commandment was, and this site didn’t list it, so I count down from my KJV Bible and came up with this, and left out the word “not.”

Thou shalt commit adultery.

The printer was fined 300 pounds for not catching this error, but meanwhile until future editions came out, maybe there were some happy campers in that day. Seriously, I wonder if perhaps a few didn’t have enough good sense and judgment, and would have used this for justification? This must have caused quite a conversation piece in that day.

There is approximately 800,000 words in the KJV, and of that there has been over 100,000 alterations since the original 1611 version, with most of that minor spellings and punctuation alterations, but others not quite so minor as the one I just gave. If anyone has others they want to post of any versions, then I’ll hope you’ll post it. It doesn’t have to be from the KJ. If you want to know about more the KJ alterations one can click on to this site:

www.bible.org/docs/soapbox/KJV_1611.htm

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Old 01-07-2001, 03:39 PM   #2
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The best thing about the KJV is words like "piss" and "stones" appear instead of the more Godly alternatives of later versions.

I'm surprised the erring spell checker wasn't burnt at the stake, what with all the sin he caused. Will God forgive you if your Bible has typos and you think you're doing what he wants? If I ever come before the Christian God for punishment (REAL likely) I'm going to plead typos in my Bible as an excuse. Frankly some parts are so ridiculous, I wonder if there was a huge mistake in translation somewhere along the line. Thanks for the amusing post!


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Old 01-07-2001, 09:56 PM   #3
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John, I actually had the opportunity to see the "Wicked Bible" as you called it!

A travelling show of old bibles came to the Biblical Arts museum in Dallas and this was one of their exhibits.

Here, it was labeled the "Adultery Bible" and was rather amusing to most who saw it.

In regards to most "typos" and bad translations, however, I'm thankful that most people that I know are pretty discerning. Let's hope everyone else out there is too!

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Old 01-07-2001, 10:02 PM   #4
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by Rotten:
I'm surprised the erring spell checker wasn't burnt at the stake, what with all the sin he caused.

Me too. I wish Monty Python or somebody would do a satire doing precisely that.

Who did some of this art work on your site? Not bad at all.

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Old 01-07-2001, 10:07 PM   #5
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No kidding, Ish?

Hey, that would have been cool to have actually seen it. I just recently learned about this. Do you think they will make the trip back to Dallas again? If you ever hear of them coming back to Dallas, I would appreciate you letting me know something. I'm only two hours away. What's the museum like? Interesting stuff there?

John

 
Old 01-08-2001, 07:32 AM   #6
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John, no kidding!

They had an excellent Bible exhibit. They even had some Greek bibles written in the miniscule script (sort of a cursive greek which I have found very hard to read).

Every time I go, I ask if they are going to bring that Bible exhibit back. I think they've tried, but it seems to be a rather booked up travelling exhibit. I may try to get more information on it sometime just to see if I can find out when it's going to be where...

I enjoy going to the Biblical Arts Museum, but it is mainly recent (relatively speaking) Christian art. It really doesn't have any historical artifacts to speak of (with the exception of what look like some 18th(?) century iconic images from Russia(?).

They do have a full scale model of "the tomb" in Jerusalem. You can see the front of it, but it's usually roped off. I believe it's mainly used for the NT plays they put on.

There is a HUGE painting w/ light show that you can see for a small fee. Stories from the book of Acts are told during the show. Personally, I thought it was a little on the cheesy side but still somewhat entertaining...

I enjoy my occasional trips there. It is obviously geared towards Christians, so you should go with an open mind.

SMU's Bridwell Library has some really interesting exhibits sometimes. One of the exhibits I saw was of old (9th/10th century) jewish writings (very cool). Antother was a display of a Gutenburg Bible and other bibles and jewish writings printed shortly after the printing press was invented (also very cool).

Here's another curiousity of the Bridwell Library. They have an ancient NT Papyrus manuscript sandwiched between pieces of glass (one of the Oxyrhynchus finds - a piece of the Book of Romans mentioned UBS Greek NT apparatus). Sometimes they put it out during an exhibit.

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