Thursday, August 28, 2014

The word "calvary" in the King James Bible.

King James Bible Luke 23:33 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.

That is the only verse in the Bible that refers to "calvary", yet we have many songs in our hymn books about "calvary". There are even churches called "Calvary Baptist Church". However, the modern perversions (non-King James Bibles) OMIT this word from Luke 23:33......the word "calvary" is not in the modern versions!

See for yourself.......

NIV Luke 23:33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left.

ESV Luke 23:33 And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left.

NASB Luke 23:33 When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left.  

Strangely, there are churches with the name "Calvary Baptist Church" that do not use the KJB....??? Shouldn't those churches change their name to "Skull Baptist Church"??? Shouldn't they edit their hymnals and replace every reference to "calvary" with "skull"??? 

This is obviously most embarrassing for the non-KJB believers. So James R. White (author of The King James Only Controversy) has come up with an "explanation"......he says that the word "calvary" is NOT a Greek word and that it comes from the Latin. 

This is true, but it still doesn't change anything. The Old Latin (150 A.D.) and Jerome's Vulgate used "Calvariae" which is a proper translation going from Greek to Latin. This word "Calvariae" was used by the early church and so it was what the believers got used to hearing. This of course carried over into the English language with Wycliffe's translation in 1382......

Wycliffe Version Luke 23:33 And when they came into a place, that is called of Calvary, there they crucified him, and the thieves, one on the right half, and the other on the left half.

Even though this word "calvary" came from Latin and not Greek, it is still an accurate rendering of "Skull" because that is what the word meant. It is an English word with Latin origins (like many of our English words). James White tried to defend his corruption of the word (2 Cor. 2:17) by PRETENDING that this rendering of "calvary" was a mistake on the part of the King James translators. Why this use of  the word "calvary" was used by believers in 150 AD BEFORE the earliest Greek manuscripts. A Latin translation of the Greek is not an error--that was a Bible 'corrector' smokescreen put out by James White.

Even Luther used a German rendering of the Latin word for his German Bible in 1545.......

Luther Bible (1545) Luke 23:33 Und als sie kamen an die Stätte, die da heißt Schädelstätte, kreuzigten sie ihn daselbst und die Übeltäter mit ihm, einen zur Rechten und einen zur Linken.

And also the early English versions used the word.........

Tyndale Bible Luke 23:33 And when they were come to the place which is called Calvary there they crucified him and the evyll doers one on ryght honde and the other on the lefte.

Geneva Bible Luke 23:33 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the evildoers: one at the right hand, and the other at the left.

Long story short, the King James Bible is always right. (2 Tim. 3:14-17). --Eli "Hoss" Caldwell

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