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Tyndale’s Task

September 19, 2015

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Among the memorable words of William Tyndale, to whom the English speaking people owe more than any other man for their versions of the Scriptures, the following are characteristic.

In his first preface he imposes this task upon his readers:

… that if they perceived in any place that the version has not attained unto the very sense of the tongue or the very meaning of Scripture, or have not given the right English word, that they should put to their hands and amend it, remembering that so it is their duly to do.

Though he was the first English scholar to translate directly from the Hebrew and Greek, he himself eagerly embraced opportunities of revising his own work. This is the spirit which actuated his successors, whose learning never led them into the pitfall of infallibility.

KnochA.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Vol. 5, page 41

The Fixed Ideas of Religious Notions

September 14, 2015

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Old notions of every kind, and most of all religious notions, are hard to dislodge from the mind. It does not matter how unscriptural they may be, or illogical, or even absurd, if only they have been believed for generations, if only they have been entertained by good and learned men, if only they have found a way into the current versions of the Bible, they are reverently received, and become “fixed” ideas.

The original Scriptures were divinely inspired, and therefore all of their statements on a given subject are in full accord one with another; but the translations of the Scriptures, like the ecclesiastical systems which produced them, were not inspired, and the peculiar reverence frequently given to their opinions is not grounded in reasons, and would often be amusing if it were not sad. Traditions of good men and current versions (even though “authorized”) are broken reeds to lean upon, and those relying thereon are certain to experience disappointment.

Vladimir GelesnoffVladimir Gelesnoff (1877-1921)
Unsearchable Riches, Vol. 5, page 241

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