Friday, February 6, 2009

The King James Debacle

There is a line in the King James Bible which states "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live." (Exodus 22:18).
However the original Latin from which this infamous alteration originated from is "Veneficos (sive) veneficas non retinebitis in vita", or "thou shalt not suffer a poisoner to live".
Poisoning was a particulary common problem in those times.
And it is well known that King James was a firm believer in the occult.
The play Macbeth was written specifically for him by Shakespeare based on King James's interests.
It has been established from a number of sources that King James had consulted two Scottish witches about his on going lineage. When these two witches told him (accurately) that his line would die out with him, he became enraged. And thus he subsituted the word "witch" for "poisoner" in his written version of the Christian bible which was begun in in 1604 and first published in 1611 by the Church of England.
This rewrite was made possible because it was noted by the Puritans (a faction within the Church of England) that the earlier versions of the Christian bible contained "errors".
And thus King James instructed his translators (all 47 of whom were scholars with the Church of England) to guarantee that the new version would conform to the ecclesiology and would reflect the episcopal structure of the Church of England and its beliefs.
These revised translations were translated from the Textus Receptus (Received Text) series of the Greek texts that preceded them.
And so with a stroke of a pen, a mortal man was able to change the word of his God, to empower his own selfish revenge.
And not only did this horrific alteration affect a belief system which was divergent to Christianity, but it also put women specifically into harms way.
The word "witch" appeared in Christian scriptures as maleficos, which is gender-neutral, until circa the mid-1500's.
Then along came Martin Luther and in his version of the Christian bible is the line "Die Zuberinnen soltu nicht leben lassen," which makes the word "witch" clearly feminine.

It is one thing to follow the written word of one's Deity, but it is another to blatantly contort such words in an effort to empower ones own sense of revenge and to create a prejudice against those who believe differently in general and against a particular gender, in this case women, in particular.
Is this the way to form a connection with ones chosen Deity? Must humans resort to hatred and lies when claiming to seek love and understanding?

1 comment:

NitricAciD said...

I think the real question is... Who are the Religious extremist?