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Published: Monday, Oct. 22 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

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KellyWSmith
Sparks, NV

I really look forward to seeing this video and am grateful to BYU for putting it together. The Bible is a great book and the world needs to read it and take it seriously. Reading about its coming forth should give us great cause for its importance and for how it can benefit our lives and bring us closer to God. And if the world will read it AND the Book of Mormon together, they will get a powerful and more accurate understanding of who and what God is and how He can benefit them and help them in these troubled times.

Thank you again for bringing this information to light. Very few have done the work in such a fashion and very few have seemed to even care, even some of those who profess belief in its teachings. This will be a great resource for all religions and I hope they will watch it. The Bible is a great book and I love ALL of it, not just a few pages or verses.

sharrona
layton, UT

@KellyWSmith, The Bible is a great book and I love ALL of it, not just a few pages or verses. True,
Did JS copy the poor KJV translation and the manuscripts added later or did Jesus(A.D 34) teach the Nephites an abstract prayer?
LDS scholar William Hamblin. The evil one [ho poneros]. (John 17:15). This phrase is often understood by modern Christians as a prayer for protection from evil in an Abstract sense. But in its first century context, (ho poneros) meant the Evil One=Satan.

In 3 Nephi 13:12, (Jesus)“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”(abstract).
In Mt 6:13 NIV, The correct translation is “ deliver us from the evil one”(Satan). Also verse 13,the doxology in Nephi is not found in earlier and better manuscripts of the Matthew 6:13..

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

Sharrona,

I also love all of the bible but I am not looking to excise any parts of it.

But apparently we agree that the bible is only correct as far as it has been translated correctly.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

The NIV Bible has been criticized for having too heavy Protestant theology influence on the translation. Unfortunately, no Catholic scholars were involved which makes the NIV less than an inclusive interdenominational effort.

Of the many fine modern translations, I prefer the Revised English Bible which was the collaborative work of both Catholic scholars from the UK and Ireland as well as diverse Protestant scholars in an effort to avoid sectarian bias.

Brother Dave
Livermore, CA

I'm not going to comment on which version of the Bible is the best.
They all have strengths and weaknesses.

But I will comment on the TV show that this news article is about.

"Fires of Faith" is a very Well Done documentary!!

Thank You, BYU-tv, for creating this series of programs.

donn
layton, UT

The King James Version Debate is the first book-length refutation of the view that the KJV is superior to contemporary translations written for both pastors and laypeople.(D.A. Carson)
Textual criticism (or lower criticism) is a branch of literary criticism that is concerned with the identification and removal of transcription errors in the texts of manuscripts.

RE: Twin LightsI also love all of the bible but I am not looking to excise any parts of it.
But apparently we agree that the bible is only correct as far as it has been translated correctly. No,
The original articles of faith. #8 We believe in the Word of God recorded in the Bible; we also believe the Word of God recorded in the Book of Mormon, and in all other good books.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Luke 2: 7-14

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.....

....Ending with..... 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
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There's a poetry to the familiar words we hear recited every Christmas. Which translation is the most correct is a separate issue. Today's knowledge of the ancient languages is beyond what it was for the scholars of Tudor England. But there's an ethereal beauty to the prose of the King James language that gives that volume a magisterial place we still revere and treasure. Nothing can take that away.

Northern Lights
Louisville, KY

donn,

I don't know where you found that version of the 8th Article of Faith. Yours does not match the Wentworth Letter, History of the Church, or any other source that I'm aware of???

As the 8th Article of Faith states, the Church believes that the Bible is the Word of God and believes that there have been some mistranslations or changes since it was originally compiled. That doesn't mean that the LDS Church doesn't trust the Bible. Many faithful LDS today trust the Bible as well as love the Bible. There is beauty in the King James Bible that, to me, is lost in many modern literal translations. I'm grateful to those who labored on the King James version so many centuries ago. I truly appreciate the BYU production on the history of the KJV as well.

Joan Watson
TWIN FALLS, ID

Bravo! A superb family and friends Christmas gift. A documentary that will be perhaps be life changing and certainly generate more gratitude and thankfulness for the King James Bible.

donn
layton, UT

Northern Lights, There is beauty in the King James Bible that, to me, is lost in many modern literal translations. True,
(D&C 110: 1-16) Elias and Elijah appear to JS, but in the Bible they are the same person. The KJV translators attempted to transliterate Elijah to Elias because there isn’t a Greek character for the English letter J.
To avoid confusion, modern translations: NIV, NJKV, NASB and the Catholic Bible have Elijah instead of Elias in(Mt 11:14,; Luke 1:17).

(D&C 84: 11-13) JS said he saw Esaias S/B Isaiah. Modern translation have Isaiah instead of Esaias, see (Romans 9:27,29).

Jude 1:6 KJV, And the angels which kept not their first estate(arche,746=rule).nothing to do with a pre-mortal existence. And the angels who did not keep their “positions of authority “but abandoned their proper dwelling…(Jude 1:6 NIV).

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, “a people belonging to God.”.(1Peter 2:9 NIV) see KJV, a peculiar people.

Grace
Bakersfield, CA

Now if Mormons will just read The Book, maybe we can debunk the junk, keep the Truth, and join hands.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

Grace,

If by "The Book" you mean the Bible, please understand that many of us have read it many times (cover to cover) and still are reading it.

We really don't just read the Book of Mormon (though that is nice too . . . )

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