All the Buzz About the Bible
fame of God's Name
The Firpo Files
(Sentinel, December 29, 2011 - January 4, 2012)
You've been victimized by a religious conspiracy that's 400 years old this year! I
kid you not. This conspiracy makes Dan Brown's bestselling books the DaVinci Code and Angels
& Demons (later adapted to movies) look like child's stories.
an example of how you've been victimized. If, when in dire trouble, you've quoted the 23rd Psalm by starting off with,
"The Lord is my shepherd" (King James Version, 1611), then you've been duped.
This is not what the original Hebrew of this text says. I won't call you crazy if you
don't believe me. But, you may well be one fry short of a Happy Meal if you don't.
King James Version(s): To commemorate the 400-year anniversary
of the original King James Version a brand new version called The Divine Name King James
Bible has just been released. Staying true to the Hebrew, Psalm 23:1 more correctly reads: "Jehovah is my shepherd."
The complete New King James Version (1983), published by Thomas Nelson,
Inc., updated the English of the original KJV. The King James II (2005?) allegedly has no human translators.
Instead, those responsible for its production reportedly
boast of it being "The First Supercomputer-Generated Translation Of The Bible."
Like the NKJV with its human translators, the virtual supercomputer allegedly updates the
original archaic English of the 17th century with today's English. The King James III is said
to be due out January 1, 2015.
Although he did not actually participate in
translating the version of the Bible that bears his name, King James is said to have been a well-respected
Bible scholar who orchestrated its translation.
December 2011 notes: "King James promoted the project. Eventually, 47 scholars in six separate groups across the country
prepared sections of the text."
It also states that "the translation's
dedication to ‘the most high and mighty prince, James' acknowledged his initiative. As head of
the Church of England, James was seen to be exerting his authority to bring the nation together."
When various venues celebrate the year in pictures, the fact that the
best-selling version of the Bible, the KJV, marks its 400-year anniversary in 2011 is not likely
to be an attention-grabbing headline.
Name Controversy: Significantly, of all the versions of the KJV listed above, only The Divine
Name King James restores God's name Jehovah where "the Lord" in all capital letters took its place in the original
KJV. The original fully restored it in just four places.--Exodus 6:3; Psalm 83:18; Isaiah 12:2; 26:4.
The translators of the New International Version (NIV) reportedly
wrote that they couldn't use God's name because it wouldn't sell. Others charge that God didn't
preserve his name. So, I asked:
‘Is Almighty God capable
of preserving the true pronunciation of his name? Has he? How are the secret Dead Sea Scrolls involved?'
These questions grace the cover of my first book.
During that time, I was working
at the world-renowned Ancient Biblical Manuscript Center (ABMC) in Claremont, California. In October
1989, the official newsletter of the ABMC, The Folio, said:
"Dr. Firpo Carr...is currently working...in the Dead Sea Scrolls Inventory Project.
At present he is performing an initial inventory of the collection of DSS photos [published and unpublished
at the time] at the Center."
'There he examined the unpublished Dead Sea
Scrolls where he found many occurrences of the unique name of the Creator of the Universe.
'But, according to Jewish tradition, the correct pronunciation of this name
has been lost forever. Carr respectfully begs to differ and provides sound logic as to the reasons for
‘He worked with such internationally
respected scholars as Professor James A. Sanders, a well-known Bible scholar and translator who served as
president of the ABMC, and the late Professor Doctor John C. Trever, the first scholar to have had initial contact with
the Dead Sea Scrolls.
'Not only was Professor Trever the
director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Project, he was the very first scholar to photograph and announce to
the world the existence of the Dead Sea Scrolls back in 1947.' For those interested The Divine Name
Controversy (Vol. 1) is available at Amazon.com.
World Translation: According to the 2012 Yearbook of Jehovah's Witnesses, the New World Translation
is now available in 106 languages (62 complete; 44 Christian Greek Scriptures), making it accessible
to at least 76 percent of the world's population. So that's the latest buzz about the Bible.
Peace and blessings to all. Amen.