Why were 14 books ripped out of the King James Bible in 1885?
The British and Foreign Bible societies removed 14 books from the KJ Bible in 1885. In 1611 there were 80 books in the KJ.
I think there were actually 81 books to begin with and 15 were removed by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Catholic Church considered the books to be corruptive, heretical, and dangerous. They were not really lost but rather forbidden. The books are known as the Apocrypha and my Bible (the New Revised Standard Version) has them inserted between the Old Testament and the New Testament. In my Bible, they show as 20 books but there is a 1 Esdras and a 2 Esdras as well as a 1, 2, 3, 4 Maccabees so I am not sure what is considered an entire book on some of these writings.
I had no idea, Thanks for your answer. Always learning something knew every day.
Good answer. The attitude of the church, while seeming to be illogical today, was not unusual among religious sects of that time period. Everybody learns from past mistakes.
They were ripped out for the same reason as so many were excluded from the original Bible...they didn't fit the assemblers agendas or beliefs. The truth is, the Bible was a man assembled book by men in power who decided they needed a book to define their faith. Not really their faith but the faith of everyone beneath them. If they could lead the people to believe in the book, they could control them and certain books just didn't support what those men wanted.
1885 was no different. There was an agenda. A man's belief in what we should or should not read...believe.
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