Preface to the RSV says KJV has “serious defects”

According to the preface of the Revised Standard Version the King James bible has serious “defects”. Obviously someone does not know what a real defect is, such as a poor attempt to make another bible version.

Here is what they had to say in the preface:

Yet the King James Version has grave defects. By the middle of the nineteenth century, the development of Biblical studies and the discovery of many manuscripts more ancient than those upon which the King James Version was based, made it manifest that these defects are so many and so serious as to call for revision of the English translation. The task was undertaken, by authority of the Church of England, in 1870. The English Revised Version of the Bible was published in 1881-1885; and the American Standard Version, its variant embodying the preferences of the American scholars associated in the work, was published in 1901.

Because of unhappy experience with unauthorized publications in the two decades between 1881 and 1901, which tampered with the text of the English Revised Version in the supposed interest of the American public, the American Standard Version was copyrighted, to protect the text from unauthorized changes. In 1928, this copyright was acquired by the International Council of Religious Education, and thus passed into the ownership of the churches of the United States and Canada which were associated in this Council through their boards of education and publication.

First of all just because those manuscripts are claimed to be “older” does not make them accurate. The “many manuscripts” they refer to is most probably Codex Vaticanus and Codex Sinaiticus. The two most corrupt manuscripts of the all. The one comes from Monastery full of dead man’s bones and the other from the Pope’s home itself, the Vatican.

Then they claim that people “tampered” with the text of teh English Revised Version hence the need for a “revision”.

Then they go further and claim the copyright was added so people can stop “tampering” with the word.

Now lets look at the base of the RSV.

It comes from the ASV, that comes from the RV that comes from Wescott and Hort’s Greek text.

The RSV as far as i can tell used the Nestle-Aland Greek text.  For the Old Testament they used ” Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia with Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint influence.”

evl

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