The "Wicked" Bible

Poor proofreading of editions of the Bible has caused some bizarre results!

Known as the “Wicked” Bible of 1631, it says, “Thou shalt commit adultery”—leaving out the obvious and significant word: NOT! The so-called “Denial Bible" of 1792 says, “Philip” in place of “Peter” as the disciple who denied Jesus.

To avoid such errors in ancient times, Jewish scribes exercised extreme care in making new copies of the Old Testament. Hand-copying a scroll came with stringent guidelines! Letters, words, and lines counted. If a single mistake was discovered, the entire manuscript was destroyed.

Nothing was written from memory—a second, approved scroll, was open before him at all times. As an example, the Dead Sea Scrolls contain no significant differences from medieval manuscripts written 1200 years later!

Engage with the Bible—preserved carefully over the centuries.

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