Ray: In promoting the following video, please do not hold me responsible if you find any errors in Gail’s message. Gail represents a stance that I do not take which is called KJV Onlyism. I take the stance that the TR Greek version from which the KJV Bible was produced can best be understood by knowing the Greek language. I would be called a TR Only advocate. Gail has been known to say that no-one today is qualified to know the Greek as well as the scholars of the KJV Committee did. She has explained her own lack of qualifications as a lack of need to have such qualifications. Nevertheless with her lack of qualifications she still gets her message correct most of the time (but not all of the time) and her message might get you to start thinking about this important topic.
Ray: Further related info. about my own interest in this topic.
A translation in my opinion can never give you a perfect rendering from the original language. Part of this is because of what is called “Semantic Domains”. A word in one language may have two meanings but the receptor language may have two different words one for each of the possible meanings from the original language. For this reason we lose some meaning no matter which receptor word we chose.
An example where the KJV Gets it right:
In Titus 3.10 where the KJV says that if a man is a heretic you should warn him twice and than have no more to do with him. The word Heretic was added to the English language by the KJV translators because there was no word in English to convey both “In Error” and “divisive” as the original Greek word “Hereticos” conveyed, so the translators added the Anglicized word for Hereticos to the English language, and produced the word “Heretic”. Newer Bibles unfortunately have reverted to the word “Divisive” and ignored the other definition by doing so “In Error”. This deficiency in translation by newer bible versions including by the NKJV has caused many innocent people to be driven out of churches simply based on their raising a question about what the particular local church is teaching. The Church in question, rather than having to explain to such individuals the reasons for their possible error, can just say “If you disagree with us you are being divisive and must leave after two warnings.” The warning may be only that the person disagreed without any requirement to find out if they were correct in disagreeing.” This is what happened to Martin Luther in his trying to educate the Catholic church as to errors that he saw in their adherence to the word of God. A person could be correct and not in error but asked to leave simply because they point out an error in the local church they attend. And with the current craze for Newer Bible versions (over 160 English ones now) I know personally of some instances where this has occurred that people have been excommunicated simply because they asked a question once too many times. Questions which the church felt no need to answer.
An example where the KJV could be improved upon as could other newer versions as well.
In John 21:15-17, Peter was asked by Jesus if he loved him 3x and he replied 3x that he did. In the Greek language he was asked if he loved Jesus 2x. He replied 2x that he had affection for Jesus. Then the 3rd time Jesus asked if he had affection for him and Peter broke down when Jesus lowered the question from love to affection.
Some of the products I hope to eventually sell at this website and on Amazon
I wrote a book in 2009 entitled “Illumination or Illusion – A comparative study of newer Bible versions.” After that I worked for the past 4 years producing the Simplified King James Version with the help of my good friend Dr. Harold McCarthy. This was an attempt to explore every word of the Bible to see what we should believe verse by verse. It sticks pretty close to the KJV except in instances where the Greek can be better understood by making the text a little more literal in its translation.
You can download a sample of the Gospel of John and check out the SKJV version regarding John 21:15-17 at the following link.
Both the SKJV and the Illumination book I hope to reprint and make available later this fall via Amazon. I will post here when they are available that way later this year. You can be added to a mail list by emailing me at r a y l u f f @ r o g e r s . c o m