Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Your morning chuckle

Maybe it's just because I really needed a laugh today, or maybe it's just because I'm more than just a little geeky. Either way, Kevin's Quirky Bibles post gave me more than a couple good chuckles. A couple of examples:

Another Robert Barker edition, of the King James Bible in 1631, is the most notorious. At Exodus 20.14, it reads “Thou shalt commit adultery.”
The Wife-Hater Bible of 1810 was named for its text of Luke 14.26: “If any . . . hate not . . . his own wife also.”
And just to prove that typesetters aren't always your best friend:
In 1950, volume 1 of the Old Testament published by the Episcopal Committee of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine included “skunk” in Leviticus 11.30. The typesetter “corrected” the intended skink, a kind of lizard.