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NEWS: New 'Queen James' Bible Hits Bookshelves

By December 19, 2012

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Many contemporary Christians say that their anti-gay sentiment is not personal taste, but a historical edict from biblical canon. The most traditionally accepted version of the Bible is the King James version.

Gays in defense, especially those of faith, have long argued that the passages of the Bible are a matter of interpretation and the few passages taken as reasons to oppose homosexuality as as relevant today as being ostracized for eating shellfish. Which is why the editors of The Queen James Bible thought a new translation was in order.

The Queen James Bible, dubbed the "big, fabulous Bible", obviously takes a humorous spin on the traditional King James version, but authors says that it's purpose is more serious as an attempt to challenge the "long-standing interpretive ambiguity in key Bible passages regarding homosexuality".

As HuffPo reports, a few of the passages have been reinterpreted from the original texts, not the King James translation. For example: "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination" in the King James version has been translated again as "Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind in the temple of Molech: it is an abomination." (Page 75)

Although it is known that the King James Bible is itself a translation ordered by the king, some--like the Catholic Online--say the newer Queen version is not a legitimate text, but an attempt to change the Bible's language to fit the "homosexual equivalency movement".
December 19, 2012 at 3:46 pm
(1) Roland says:

There has been a problem with the Bible being out-of-touch and out-of-date for about 1500 years now. I once had a priest agree with me that the bible should be rewritten each year (it was actually a little scary; I thought the Spanish inquisitions was about to swoop in at any second). There are probably an offal lot of people of faith that would appreciate a Bible that is up to date with modern times.

December 19, 2012 at 6:53 pm
(2) Larry Turner says:

The New International Version (NIV) is currently the most popular version among most “modern churches” along with the New Living Translation and “The Message.” The primary purpose of the King James Bible was to translate the Latin vulgate and Syrian Septuagint into the common language of Britain and Scotland (the common language of the 1600s, that is). The King James version also prefers a poetic diction rather than a word-for-word rendering. Both of these facts make the King James less useful as a preaching tool than the currently popular versions.

December 19, 2012 at 7:25 pm
(3) rharris says:

We have been waiting for a bible (or at least a conscious like this) for years. Unfortunately, no mere book can erase a long tradition of hate and ignorance that has been so much a part of history. It’s a start, though.

December 20, 2012 at 8:13 am
(4) marlito says:

The Truth Comes from GOD HIMSELF

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