THE GREAT ECCLESIASTICAL CONSPIRACY by George Davis and Michael Clark
I have gone back and forth with this book, and this is the third and (I hope) the final review of it that I shall write. It is truly an exasperating book because, on the one hand, the authors make some very good points in showing that King James apparently did indeed have some of his elite croney-scholars on the 1611 translating committee gently tweak a bit of the language here and there ostensibly in order to subtlely enhance the position of the church hierarchy of England as well as the monarchy. Here are a couple of the very intriguing points these authors raise:
1) William Tyndale, whose New Testament translation set the stage for the King James, had only used the word “church” twice, and both times Tyndale had used it to mean a pagan temple! Tyndale instead used the word “congregation” in all the other verses in which the King James Bible uses the word “church.”
2) The King James translaters several times inserted the words “office of” in front of words like “bishop” or “deacon.” Nowhere in the original Greek Text is there anything resembling or calling for the insertion of those words.
However, these authors also tend toward the duplicitous, sometimes cleverly steering the reader to make conclusions that are not accurate. One evidence of this occurs in chapter two where these authors cleverly use the structure of their text to imply that Tyndale did not use the word “bishop,” and that only the King James Bible uses the word “bishop.” But then, upon checking back with the Tyndale New Testament, it is found that Tyndale also uses the word “bishop” for the verses cited, even in the Ye Olde English. Now, a more careful second or third read shows that nowhere did these authors explicitly state that Tyndale did not use “bishop,” but any casual reader encountering chapter two of this book will and must indeed come away expecting that Tyndale must not have used that word at all, and it must only occur in the KJV, because the implication here is that preponderant. This is not the action of someone writing with an honest spirit, and it taints the rest of this work.
Of greatest importance, though, in all the decrying over what King James probably did, nowhere is there a warning that people not then choose the new, bogus, Alexandrian counterfeit “bibles” instead. The NIV, NASV, RSV, ESV, LB, NKJV, etc., are NOT the real Bible. They are gnostic/Romanist counterfeits, and readers should have been warned of that here, and they are not. Thus, this book is irresponsibly dangerous in the hands of someone not knowledgable of the Alexandrian vs. Antioch manuscript history.
Rating: Δ Δ