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OUR AUTHORIZED BIBLE VINDICATED BENJAMIN G. WILKINSON, PH.D. DEAN OF THEOLOGY, WASHINGTON MISSIONARY COLLEGE TAKOMA PARK, D.C. WASHINGTON D.C JUNE, 1930

OUR AUTHORIZED BIBLE VINDICATED BENJAMIN G. WILKINSON, PH.D. DEAN OF THEOLOGY, WASHINGTON MISSIONARY COLLEGE TAKOMA PARK, D.C. WASHINGTON D.C JUNE, 1930

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OUR AUTHORIZED BIBLE VINDICATED
BENJAMIN G. WILKINSON, PH.D.
DEAN OF THEOLOGY,
WASHINGTON MISSIONARY COLLEGE
TAKOMA PARK, D.C.
WASHINGTON D.C
JUNE, 1930
OUR AUTHORIZED BIBLE VINDICATED
BENJAMIN G. WILKINSON, PH.D.
DEAN OF THEOLOGY,
WASHINGTON MISSIONARY COLLEGE
TAKOMA PARK, D.C.
WASHINGTON D.C
JUNE, 1930

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O
UR
 A
UTHORIZED
B
IBLE
V
INDICATED
BENJAMIN G. WILKINSON, PH.D.
DEAN OF THEOLOGY,WASHINGTON MISSIONARY COLLEGE
TAKOMA PARK, D.C.WASHINGTON D.C  JUNE, 1930
FOREWORD
This volume is written in the fervent hope that it will confirm and establish faithin God’s Word, which through the ages has been preserved inviolate. In these days whenfaith is weakening and the Bible is being torn apart, it is vital that we enter into fieldswhich can yield up their evidence of how God, through the centuries, intervened totransmit to us a perfect Bible.Much of the material given in this book was collected in response to the needs of the author’s classroom work. In pursuing this line of study, he has been astounded andthrilled to find in historical situations, where he least expected it, evidences of specialintervention and special purposes of God with regard to His Holy Word. His faith in theinspiration of the Bible has been deeply strengthened as he has perceived how downthrough the ages God’s true Bible has constantly triumphed over erroneous versions.With regard to the different versions, it is necessary, while confirming theglorious inspiration of the Bible, to warn the people against Bibles which include falsebooks, and, especially at the present time, against the dangers of false readings in genuinebooks. There are versions of the Bible, prepared by men of scholarship, with certainbooks and readings we cannot accept. Such versions may be of use for reference orcomparison. In certain passages, they may give a clearer rendering. But it is unthinkablethat those who use such versions would be unwilling to have the public informed of theirdangers.This work has been written under great pressure. In addition to the author’s tasksin the Theological Department of the College, and his evangelical work as pastor of a citychurch, he wrote this book in response to urgent requests. It may be possible that there
 
Our Authorized Bible Vindicated
are a few technical mistakes. The author has strong confidence, however, that the mainlines of argument are timely, and that they stand on a firm foundation. It is possible toknow what is the true Word of God. The author sends forth this book with a ferventprayer that it may aid the earnest seeker after truth to find the answer to this all-importantquestion.
 B. G. W 
 ILKINSON 
Takoma Park, D.C.,June, 1930.
CONTENTS
1
F
UNDAMENTALLY
, O
NLY
T
WO
D
IFFERENT
B
IBLES
2
T
HE
B
IBLE
A
DOPTED
B
Y
C
ONSTANTINE
A
ND
T
HE
P
URE
B
IBLE
O
F
T
HE
W
ALDENSES
3
T
HE
R
EFORMERS
R
EJECT
T
HE
B
IBLE
O
F
T
HE
P
APACY
4.
T
HE
J
ESUITS
A
ND
T
HE
J
ESUIT
B
IBLE
O
F
1582
5.
T
HE
K
ING
J
AMES
B
IBLE
B
ORN
A
MID
T
HE
G
REAT
S
TRUGGLES
O
VER
T
HE
J
ESUIT
V
ERSION
6.
C
OMPARISONS
T
O
S
HOW
H
OW
T
HE
J
ESUIT
B
IBLE
R
EAPPEARS
I
N
T
HE
A
MERICAN
R
EVISED
V
ERSION
7
T
HREE
H
UNDRED
Y
EARS
O
F
A
TTACK
O
N
T
HE
K
ING
J
AMES
B
IBLE
8.
H
OW
T
HE
J
ESUITS
C
APTURED
O
XFORD
U
NIVERSITY
9
W
ESTCOTT
A
ND
H
ORT
10
R
EVISION
A
T
L
AST
11
B
LOW
A
FTER
B
LOW
A
GAINST
T
HE
T
RUTH
12.
B
LOW
A
FTER
B
LOW
I
N
F
AVOR
O
F
R
OME
13
C
ATHOLICS
R
EJOICE
T
HAT
T
HE
R
EVISED
V
ERSION
V
INDICATES
T
HEIR
C
ATHOLIC
B
IBLE
14
T
HE
A
MERICAN
R
EVISION
C
OMMITTEE
: I
TS
I
NFLUENCE
U
PON
T
HE
F
UTURE
O
F
A
MERICA
15
T
HE
R
ISING
F
LOOD
O
F
M
ODERNISM
A
ND
M
ODERN
B
IBLES
16
C
ONCLUSION
 
Our Authorized Bible Vindicated
CHAPTER 1
FUNDAMENTALLY, ONLY TWO DIFFERENT BIBLES
“There is the idea in the minds of some people that scholarship demands thelaying aside of the Authorized Version of the Bible and taking up the latest RevisedVersion. This is an idea, however, without any proper bases. This Revised Version is inlarge part in line with what is known as modernism, and is peculiarly acceptable to thosewho think that any change, anywhere or in anything, is progress. Those who have reallyinvestigated the matter, and are in hearty sympathy with what is evangelical, realize thatthis Revised Version is a part of the movement to ‘modernize’ Christian thought and faithand do away with the established truth.”
The Herald and Presbyter (Presbyterian), July16, 1924, p. 10.
IN ONE of our prominent publications, there appeared in the winter of 1928, an articleentitled, “Who Killed Goliath?” and in the spring of 1929, an article named, “TheDispute About Goliath.” Attention was called to the fact that in the American RevisedVersion,
2 Samuel 21:19,
we read that Elhanan killed Goliath. A special cablegram fromthe “most learned and devout scholars” of the Church of England, said in substance, thatthe Revised Version was correct, that Elhanan and not David killed Goliath; that therewere many other things in the Bible which were the product of exaggeration, such as thestory of Noah and the ark, of Jonah and the whale, of the Garden of Eden, and of thelongevity of Methuselah. The first article says that these modern views have been heldand taught in practically all American theological seminaries of standing, and that youngministers being graduated from them, have rejected the old beliefs about these eventswhether the public knew it or not. This publication aroused a national interest and itsoffice was “inundated,” as the editor says, with letters as to whether this Revised Versionis correct, or whether, as we have always believed, according to the Authorized Version,David killed Goliath.
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Is the American Revised Version correct on this point, or is the Bible, which hasled the Protestant world for three hundred years, correct? Is the Revised Version correctin thousands of other changes made, or is the King James Version correct?Back of this and other changes lie the motives and events which, in 1870, broughtinto existence the Committees which produced the Revised Versions — both the Englishand the American. During the three hundred and fifty years following the Reformation,repeated attempts were made to set aside the Greek New Testament, called the ReceivedText, from which the New Testament of the King James in English and other ProtestantBibles in other languages were translated.Many individual efforts produced different Greek New Testaments. Likewisefurious attacks were made upon the Old Testament in Hebrew, from which the KingJames and other Bibles had been translated. None of these assaults, however, met withany marked success until the Revision Committee was appointed by the southern half of the Church of England under the Archbishop of Canterbury, — although the same churchin the northern half of England under the Archbishop of York, refused to be a party to theproject.

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