The Answer: today’s scholars better equipped?

The Answer:  No.

The Explanation:

The answer to the question is “No” for two reasons.

First is that, the scholarship of the men who translated the King James Bible is literally unsurpassable by today’s scholars. Two books available best illustrate this and should be read by anyone who wants to seriously study the subject. They are Translators Revived, by Alexander McClure, Maranatha Publications, and The Men Behind the King James Version, by Gustavus Paine, Baker Book House.

The men of the King James translation committee were scholars of unparalleled ability. A brief description of their several abilities is found under a previous section.

Secondly, it would be foolish and contradictory to believe that today’s scholars ever could equal or surpass those of the Authorized Version.

Most Christians agree that the world, with time, degenerates. Morals have degenerated since 1611. Character has degenerated since 1611. Even our atmosphere has degenerated. Are we then to believe that education has gotten better? Only a worshiper of education could pretend to believe such a fairy tale. Education has degenerated along with the entire world system and could never produce a scholar equal to those of nearly four hundred years ago.

©All material is copyright of Dr. Sam Gipp. Used with permission.

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Posted on August 30, 2011, in The Answer and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Hi Heather. Do you realise that by affirming this, you have to now totally discard your dispensationalist understanding and leanings. For this theology didn’t exist within the time frame of the authoring of the KJV….but rather came about many centuries later.

  2. Hi Craig. Do you realise that this series is not written by me, but rather is written by Dr. Sam Gipp.

    Please refer to the special notice on the top right of this blog:
    Please Note: Although I am featuring Q&A’s from “The Answer Book” by Dr. Sam Gipp, I do not necessarily agree with all of his featured material.”

  3. Sorry Heather…duly noted… My point remains though about any who would affirm his stance. If you would like to delete my offending comment I will re-write it.

  4. Dr. Gipp presents some really bad thinking here. While it may be true that “[m]ost Christians agree” that the world is getting worse, such an appeal to majority is not only a logical fallacy, it also completely ignores some really telling parts of Scripture. Whenever someone–be it a cult member knocking on my door or someone in the church lobby–insinuates to me that the world is worse today, I remind them that until we get to the point where groups of men surround houses demanding to rape the men inside, for all the sin in the world, we’re not that bad. And if/when that happens, we’re only where we’ve been beforetwice.

    Have morals in the US degenerated since 1611? That I can’t say. And I imagine Dr. Gipp can’t really either. Such thinking is conjecture, and should not be the basis by which we consider the scholarly work of men and women who love God and want His Word read by people around the world.

    ~Luke

    • Luke,

      Are you familiar with the song “One Day at a Time?” I always hated the lyrics to this song.

      Here are the words (written by Kris Kristofferson) to the second verse:

      Do you remember, when you walked among men?
      Well Jesus you know if you’re looking below
      It’s worse now, than then.
      Cheating and stealing, violence and crime (also recorded as “Pushing and shovin’, crowding my mind)
      So for my sake, teach me to take
      One day at a time

      Nah, surely Jesus can’t remember those days. And I bet He’s glad we’re keeping Him up to date on all the violence, too. I just hope He’s looking below, now. Man, I’m worried.

    • To go with your thought, Luke, I refer to Ecclesiastes 1:9: “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun”; in the ESV: “What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun”; and in the NIV: “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”

      Just so everyone can agree that the message has not changed, and our world has not changed much, either.

  5. Personally, I don’t think it has ANYTHING to do with how equipped we are. It has to do with God moving through someone. God is immutable; therefore, HE is as equipped today as before He created the world. Everything else is irrelevant. As men/women, we would never be equipped to write God’s Word through any means. Only God can provide that in a flawless, perfect way. It isn’t about being a “scholar” but having a close relationship with the Lord!

    Have a blessed day all! 🙂

  6. Thanks Heather Joy for these comments by Dr. Gipp. I don’t agree with him, but I do think it is good to have something that stimulates thinking and discussion.

    I tend to lean toward the comments made by Luke. Is society more degenerate to day than it was in 1611? Maybe so. But, is it more degenerate than Corinth was at the time the two biblical books named after that place were written (1 & 2 Corinthians)? If you wanted to call attention to someone’s immoral lifestyle, and to denegrate them, you called them a “Corinthian,” even if they weren’t from there.

    The Greek mss found since 1611 take us back to the 2nd and 3rd centuries, much closer to the time of the autographs, and likely (probably) with fewer textual variants, thus allowing us to have a Greek text today closer to the original than was possible in 1610-11.

    Thanks for the lively discussion!

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