An interfaith exhibition called “Verbum Domini” (Word of the Lord) claims the roots of the King James Bible of 1611 are “entirely Catholic.”
Verbum Domini will run from March 1 through April 15. Organizers of the exhibit state“highly contextual, interactive format” adds to “the dramatic story of the Catholic contribution of the most-banned, most-debated, best-selling book of all time.”
Summers explains the exhibition proves that despite Protestant belief that the King James Bible was the highlight of European culture, through and through it’s really a Catholic book.
“If it had not been for the Catholics of the 1500s there would be no King James Bible,” exhibition organizer Cary Summers told CNA.
“Many of the original bibles that formed the basis of the King James Bible came from Catholic priests. Very few changes were made. The ancient writings that the King James writers actually mimicked and copied were by Catholic priests,” he explained.
The interfaith exhibit includes artifacts from Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Orthodox faiths to present a “shared love of God’s word.” To exemplify the interfaith theme, the first room visitors see is a scaled reproduction of the mid-third-century Synagogue of Dura Europos in Syria. Another exhibition highlight is the earliest known fragment of the book of Genesis, which comes from the Dead Sea Scrolls.
“Most people don’t understand the history of the King James Bible. There is a rich history, a very positive history of Catholic contribution to the creation of it,” Summers said.
“Unfortunately we live in a world that locks in on all the negatives, and that’s how it’s spun,” Summers remarked.“But there’s … a rest of the story which is very positive, too. And that’s what we are here to celebrate.”
Pope Pius IV had a list of the forbidden books compiled and officially prohibited them in the Index of Trent (Index Librorum Prohibitorum) of 1559. This is an excerpt:
Since experience teaches that, if the reading of the Holy Bible in the vernacular is permitted generally without discrimination, more damage than advantage will result because of the boldness of men, the judgment of bishops and inquisitors is to serve as guide in this regard. Bishops and inquisitors may, in accord with the counsel of the local priest and confessor, allow Catholic translations of the Bible to be read by those of whom they realize that such reading will not lead to the detriment but to the increase of faith and piety. The permission is to be given in writing. Whoever reads or has such a translation in his possession without this permission cannot be absolved from his sins until he has turned in these Bibles …
(end of excerpt)
The church would rather “withhold forgivenss of sins” than allow the people to read the Word of God. Are we now supposed to believe that we can all share the bible as one?
Let us not forget history or it’s martyrs. Many burned at the stake for translating the scriptures by the hand of Rome. She will do anything to gain control over the true church of Jesus and all the religions in the world. Don’t be fooled.
The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries.
Written by Sue