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Did The Apostles Read The King James Bible?
by Wayne Blank
All Bible Translations Are Anachronistic
Anachronism, from the Greek words ana, meaning back, and chronos, meaning time, is the deliberate or subconscious substitution of facts related to time. From the perspective of The Bible, it's most often seen as the interpretation of the original Holy Scriptures to conform to one's own country or era. This is often seen in art, where, for example, Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ was portrayed as an Italian peasant by Italian artists, or as a Flemish housewife by Flemish painters. Anachronism may well be the greatest reason that humans have so many differing interpretations of the Scriptures relating to Christian Living, Bible History and Prophecy - perspectives of "truth" which, not coincidentally, almost always conveniently match the interpreter's own location, circumstances, or political and economic point of view.
Anachronism is also evident, to a lesser or greater degree, in the many translations of the original Hebrew (the "Old Testament") and Greek (the "New Testament") Scriptures that have been done throughout history. It ranges from the increasing tendency of today's translators to produce their own "politically correct" perversions of God's Word, to the classic (and overall, excellent) King James Version which used terms and language that were the norm for 1611 England, when and where the King James was produced.
Those of us who are not fluent in the Hebrew and Greek that the Scriptures were originally written in must depend on translations of it into a language that we can understand - although, those who can understand the original Hebrew and Greek are usually at no advantage. They often disagree as much as those who cannot understand Hebrew and Greek - a fact made obvious by, and the reason that, their translations sometimes differ.
Why does the Bible itself say that people sometimes misinterpret what was actually written in the Scriptures? (see also It Is Written, But Is It Really?):
"Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."
Fact Finder: Does God conform Himself to ever-changing human societies?