M. Alex Johnson – Journalist at Large

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Reporting: Bible edits leave some feeling cross

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Easter may sound a little different this year.

It’s purely a coincidence, but U.S. Catholics and Protestants alike are being introduced this Easter season to separate “official” updated translations of the Christian Bible, which arrive in the year the magisterial King James Version celebrates its 400th birthday.

But with millions of dollars in publishing revenue and the trust of millions of churchgoers hanging in the balance, the new versions aren’t being met with universal acceptance.

While the changes may seem small, they are resounding throughout Christianity, whose many denominations formed or broke off from others over clashing interpretations of God’s word.

The two new translations touch on some of the most sensitive issues behind those differences, particularly on the inequality of women in society and on the divinity status of Mary and — by extension — the birth of Jesus.

Full story (Alex Johnson/msnbc.com)

Written by Alex

April 21, 2011 at 3:11 pm

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