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No Getting Stoned In New Bible

from Perry - Monday, March 21, 2005
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A panel of 15 theologians charged with updating the Bible for a new edition called "Today's New International Version Bible" have decided to add the words "to death" after the term "stoned" (as in "stoned to death") in reference to the type of capital punishment often referred to in earlier versions of the Bible, for fear that kids might have otherwise thought that the "good book" was advocating or promoting drug use, as opposed to the practice of brutally killing fellow citizens with sharp stones. Yet another example of how society's moral compass is starting to spin fast enough to create a pleasant breeze; at least it will keep us cool while we slowly sink into hell.

The original story is from the Observer newspaper in the UK, but I’ve also provided a link to the Media Awareness Project website where I first found this the article.,6903,1436392,00.html



For centuries scholars have argued over the most delicate nuances of biblical texts, passionately debating whether key words should be tweaked to reflect cultural changes.

But, despite the fervent exchange of such learned views, there has been no fretting about whether the Bible endorses dope-smoking. Until now.

A 15-strong panel of eminent theologians and linguists was so concerned that young people reading the Bible today are confusing the phrase 'stoned' not with Old Testament executions but with drugs, that it has suggested a radical clarification to a forthcoming edition of the sacred text.

In an attempt to clear up any confusion on the part of Britain's youth, Today's New International Version Bible, published by Hodder & Stoughton on Tuesday, updates the original edition, published 27 years ago, so that people are 'stoned to death', rather than 'stoned'.

'We wanted to keep it from being confused with drug addiction,' Professor Ronald Youngblood, who chaired the panel, told the Church Times newspaper.

The clarification is an effort by the panel to modernise its earlier edition of the Bible, which became the most popular English language version in the world.

Scholars may sense political correctness in the changes. Out goes terminology such as 'he', 'man' and 'men', replaced by 'person' or 'people'. In comes an attempt to dispel anti-Semitic interpretations of the New Testament. John 5:16 now reads 'Jewish leaders', rather than Jews, 'began to persecute Jesus'.

The panel said that the changes were being made to 'increase understanding' rather than make the Bible more contemporaneous.

'There is a need to reach today's generation with language they can understand and relate to,' the panel states on the TNIV website.

Overall, around seven per cent of the original New International Version Bible has been altered in a bid to bring clarity to a new generation of readers. Some of the changes appear trivial. For example, Matthew's use of the word 'tunic' becomes 'shirt' and his phrase 'with child' becomes 'pregnant'. However, some changes are more profound. Use of the word 'Christ', which was popular with Greek-speaking churches, has been replaced by the Hebrew title 'Messiah'.

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from Moonsetter
Friday, June 01, 2007 - 13:22

This reminds me of how we would use random pages of the Bible for rolling paper to smoke hash when we didn't have any real paper available.

This is one of the few times I have seen the Bible put to good use...which reminds me that we also did the Mo Letters and the Koran.

We were fucking idiots.
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from Free-Thinker
Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 01:23


This is funny but all true. BIBLE WARNING!
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from Wolf
Friday, March 25, 2005 - 11:08

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What a coincidence ... we’re working on a new version of the Bible too. You can see some previews here:
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from one who knows
Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 17:00


Perry, this would have been a very welcome article on newdaynews. Why don't you take it over there and discuss it for say...a few years. Be well.
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from Banshee
Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 15:28

If I were to rate this article by my interest level, with 10 being, “Wow! I really wanted to know that!” and 1 being, “Why the fuck do I care?”, I would give this a -4.
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From conan
Thursday, March 24, 2005, 15:58

Chalk that up as one more reasons to keep the FGAs off our site! Another useless article from someone with no business posting here in the first place.(reply to this comment
From whiskers
Thursday, March 24, 2005, 23:15

Hi Conan. Why don't you take this up with the administrators of movingon? At the top of the Generations page it clearly says: "Part of being born and raised in the Family was having thousands of 'uncles' and 'aunties'. The generation that founded and perpetuated the Family had a profound effect on all of our lives. This section is for dialogue with the first generation." As long as this page on the movingon website exists, you're going to have a hard time keeping FGs from posting on movingon. (reply to this comment

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