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[*] Post 502099 posted on 28-3-2016 at 19:50 Reply With Quote
Changing the written word

Some religions forbid changing the way a text is written down using the rationale that change of text changes meaning over time.

Here is a small example of how the words change over time even in our own language.

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[*] Post 502100 posted on 28-3-2016 at 20:52 Reply With Quote

If the words don't change, people won't understand, any more then they did when the Cafflix insisted everything had to be in Latin.

I guess certain religious authorities would prefer everyone to believe that they had special knowledge, which is getting towards the ol' gnostic thing, innit?
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[*] Post 502107 posted on 29-3-2016 at 04:08 Reply With Quote

I'll only comment on Christianity as that is my area of purvey. There are many, and varied translations of the Bible which did not really become cohesive as a text until about the 3rd century. To ensure that the original meaning of the text is conveyed, of course it must be re-translated into modern parlance. Where there is doubt over the meaning of a particular passage, a study of the original text is necessary. In my arsenal of works I favour the King Jimmy, but also use the Amplified, Yankee Standard Perversion, NIV, And a Strong's Concordance, along with many and varied reference works, the best (IMO) is a Dakes Reference Bible.
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