With Ancient Manuscripts, Scholar Establishes That The Bible Is A Work Of Fiction

With Ancient Manuscripts, Scholar Establishes That The Bible Is A Work Of Fiction

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Scholar Establishes That the King James Bible Is Heavily Edited

Jeffrey Miller, an American academic, stated his finding will give insight on how the King James Bible, first published in 1611, came to be. Jeffrey Miller discovered the manuscript, which consists of 70 handwritten pieces written between 1604 and 1608 in historic archives and contains biblical commentary in Greek and Hebrew. For centuries, the document remained undiscovered and unstudied.

2 With Ancient Manuscripts Scholar Establishes That The Bible Is A Work Of Fiction
Jeffrey Alan Miller of Montclair State University came upon Samuel Ward’s manuscript translation in an archive at Cambridge. Left, the title page of the King James Bible in 1611.CreditFred R. Conrad for The New York Times

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Now that this has been discovered, historians have discovered several inconsistencies with the original material, and experts suggest that huge chunks of the Bible’s original contents were deleted from the ‘final product,’ as well as major persons and events. Thus, the critical question is: What is factual and what is made up?

According to some, this ancient book demonstrates how the Bible is a work of fiction.

As the NY Times reports:

Mr. Campbell compared studying the origins of the King James Bible to "working with a jigsaw puzzle where 90% of the pieces are missing." "You may rearrange the remaining parts however you desire, but then you discover something new and realize you arranged them incorrectly."

The King James Bible was published in 1611 by six teams of translators known as "companies" in London, Oxford, and Cambridge. They were tasked with establishing an approved version that would defend the Church of England against the Puritan influence evident in some earlier translations. Along with Shakespeare's 1623 First Folio, it is one of the most significant works in the history of English and the source of many familiar expressions, including "salt of the earth," "drop in the bucket," and "fight the good fight."

The King James Bible is an English translation of the Christian Bible produced in 1611 for the Church of England. The King James Version’s books include the Old Testament’s 39 books, as well as a part including the Apocrypha’s 14 books and the New Testament’s 27 books.

3 With Ancient Manuscripts Scholar Establishes That The Bible Is A Work Of Fiction
“There’s a strong desire to see the King James Bible as a uniform object, and a belief that it’s great because of its collaborative nature,” Professor Miller said.
“It was incredibly collaborative,” he continued. “But it was done in a much more complicated, nuanced, and at times individualistic way than we’ve ever really had good evidence to believe.”

King James directed that the six teams of translators based in London, Oxford, and Cambridge develop a version that suited the English Church’s demands. The King desired a ‘approved’ Bible that would vindicate the English Church against Puritan influence in previous texts. Clearly, this opens the door to editing…and maybe “inventing?”

“You can see how Greek, Latin, and Hebrew all contribute to what will become the most widely read piece of English literature ever written,” Professor Miller explained. “It brings you unbelievably close to the mental process.”

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4 With Ancient Manuscripts Scholar Establishes That The Bible Is A Work Of Fiction

Miller expects that the finding of the text will aid in our understanding of how and by whom the bible was written. Thus, Miller is prudent in conducting some fact checking before to making ludicrous statements.

“There was a kind of thunderstruck, leap-out-of-the-bathtub moment,” Miller explained in an interview with the New York Times. “However, the tedious procedure of ensuring your accuracy follows.”

Here’s the video:

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