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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Is Jesus Red or Blue? The Politics of Bible TranslationsJesus Is a DemocratJesus Votes Republican

Just as it is supposedly possible to tell someone's political party from their consumer preferences, you can separate the Blue and Red Christians based on which translation of the Bible they use.

While Muslims believe the Qur'an is the direct Word of God and must be read in the original Arabic, Christians don't insist on reading the multiple Greek and Hebrew antecedents to the Bible. Thus, one must choose which of the several dozen English translations to use. Here are the major translations grouped geneologically with their political significance:


Catholic Bibles are different not only in that they get a fancy imprimatur but they also include the deuterocanonical books:

More Bible translation blog fun: an interesting discussion about what translation has to do with dog urination.



Comments:
hi luke - sorry this is not relevant to your blog but couldn't see another way of getting in touch. I study at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland doing an MA in Ancient History and am writing a dissertaion on Virgil's relevance to the Naham Tate Libretto for Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. I noticed you have written an essay on this subject and was wondering if you had a bibliography you could show me? Sorry i realise this is a bit random... my email add is s0341544@sms.ed.ac.uk thank you so much if you can help, don't worry if not,
Leonie
 
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