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Bible errors Wed, Apr 13, 2005
I'm really not a big fan of errors in books.  I'm so painstakingly anal retentive that whenever I read anything, whether it's a book or a magazine or a presentation at work, I always find mistakes.  Always.  It would be good if my job was as an editor, which I actually do occasionally at work.  So it really makes me mad when I find errors in the most important book on earth, the book that my whole life is based on:  the Bible.  I've never found an error in the actual physical Bible (the one with a cover and with pages and stuff).  But I've found errors in two other Bibles:  the online Bible and the Bible on CD.  The errors I've found are tiny; they don't change any meaning or hurt the reader in any way.  The thing I don't like is that the Bible is meant to be a reliable book.  The ancient Jewish scribes used to make copies of it, and they didn't take it lightly.  That's why there have been so many manuscripts found that are all identical:  no mistakes were allowed.  So that's what really gets me.  Not only this, but when I point out these mistakes to the people who run/own these sites/products, they don't even respond.  It kills me.  Here's an example:  Galatians 5:23 says: "gentleness and selfcontrol. Against such things there is no law."  Any idiot can look at that and realize that "selfcontrol" is spelled wrong:  it needs a hyphen.  Also, any idiot can type that into Microsoft Word and the automatic spell checker will tell you it's wrong.  So when I filled out the "Typographical Errors" form on their website on March 1, I was hoping they would quickly and easily fix the problem.  But now that it's quite a while later and they still haven't fixed it or responded to me, I doubt they'll ever do anything.  That makes me mad.  Now there's Zondervan, who makes the NIV Audio Bible Voice Only CD.  It's a great product.  I listen to it all the time now because I can't stand the radio.  But the problem is that I found an error in Titus 3:5, which is supposed to say, "he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit."  On the CD, it says "washings" instead of "washing."  That might not sound like a big deal, and it's really not.  But think about it:  the only reason I noticed this error was because I happen to have this verse memorized.  What about the tens of thousands of other verses in the Bible that I don't have memorized?  This is exactly what I wrote to Zondervan on 3 separate occasions:  February 3, March 10, and today.  I would just like a response from them; something to at least acknowledge that they received my email, and maybe that they'll look into it. #religion

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