Religion: The Changing Word

Anyone invoking the Bible these days is always well advised to double-check his quotation; in the current flurry of Biblical revision and retranslation, it might have suddenly become archaic or incorrect. Last week two more additions to the changing Bible were announced.

New Torah. In Philadelphia, the Jewish Publication Society of America announced a milestone in its gigantic Biblical scholarship project. After eight years, Jewish scholars led by Hebrew Union College's Harry Orlinsky (who was the only non-Christian on the committee that produced the Revised Standard Version) have completed a new translation of the Torah, the five books of Moses, which will...

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