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03 August 2007 @ 11:54 am
Left off a decimal point somewhere...  
Uh-oh! What's the real number of the Beast?

Doesn't it just suck when the true and immutable "Word of God" suffers from translation errors?

And if you think the difference between 666 and 616 is trivial: what guarantee do you have that other parts of the Bible weren't mistranslated over thousands of years?
 
 
 
sageblessing on August 4th, 2007 06:18 am (UTC)
Oh, there's mistranslations and misinterpretations all over the damn place. That's why in our freshman year religion class at my high school, my teacher actually had us memorize the following: "literal interpretation of the Bible is NOT ACCEPTABLE for Roman Catholics and/or mainline Protestants." This is a guy who had been a Brother (I think the Vatican let him leave the position fast because he's gay... took months when usually that kind of thing'd take years...), was fluent in Greek, and had gotten his B.A. and M.Div. both at Catholic U., so I think if anyone knew what they were talking about with regard to scripture translation and interpretation, it'd be him. So when I see any so-called Christian, even if they're not a Catholic or mainline Protestant, interpret the Bible literally, particularly from English, I want to smack the shit out of them. What he was talking about mostly had to do with the fact that no, God didn't write this stuff down, it was written by people. (Anyone notice that there are two stories of humans' creation in Genesis, for example, one saying that man and woman were created at the same exact time, the other saying they were created separately? Guess what-- the first version came from the Judeans, the second from the Israelites. They didn't get along for jack. This was demonstrative of why. RING RING, CLUE PHONE!!) But secondly... Um, let's see. How many languages and over how many years of linguistic evolution are we talking in that book, and how many texts were ripped away by later readers to craft their idea of what Jesus was supposed to seem like, what women were supposed to be like, etc.? Duh...!!



(BTW, if you'd like to check out some really interesting, maybe even amusing, discussion about how the Bible isn't necessarily a homophobic book, but might even contain some pro-gay passages, check this out...
Miusheri: Thomas Painemiusheri on August 7th, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
Well done! And heh, I'll have to check that link out... sorry it took so long for me to get back to you! ^_^*

My personal favorite Bible references:

The Skeptic's Annotated Bible: Books, subjects, and contradictions all available with a single mouse click.

And, of course: Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason. They should make schoolkids read this right after Common Sense...