Has the Bible been changed?
Most Helpful Guy
OBVIOUSLY it has. The bible is a copy of a copy of copy of a translation of a copy of a translation of a translation of a copy.
And by "copy" I don't mean putting it under a modern copy machine and using a laser printer to print an exact duplicate.
As a historian I can assure you that "copying" something during the medieval times meant something drastically different than what it means today. Not only were all texts copied by hand but more importantly, the idea of copying something to the exact detail did not exist (it's a modern concept). During the middle ages, it was considered absolutely normal to add your own ideas to a text, maybe leave some other things away, change the structure a little etc.. This practice wasn't considered fraud as it might be seen today. It was how scribes typically worked. If we add to this the fact that all the translations were made by men, not all of whom were proficient at their source language and therefore made mistakes or fell for things such as false friends (words that sound the same but are not related), it becomes obvious that what we believe to be the bible today has little to do with what it used to be thousands of years ago.
Additionally, please note that the bible is not one coherent book. It's a collection of stories that span over a period of roughly 2,000 years and which were more or less randomly put together. Note also that for the most part, there are no "original documents". Most of the stories in the bible were originally passed on by oral tradition (very normal for those times). If you've ever played the telephone-game in kindergarten, you know how easily things can get changed this way. Now, imagine this doesn't happen for a couple of years but rather, it's the normal way of passing on a story for over 1,000 years before anyone even writes it down (literacy was extremely uncommon back then). It would be preposterous to think that what we read today has anything to do with the "original" stories that people told each other while sitting around a fire 3,000 years ago.3
Most Helpful Girl
Yes. The original paged have been changed so it would fit better inside the church. Happened centuries ago... it was done by a council. Sorry, but I forgot the name.1