Pun intended, the fact that Cleve would defend his bible with his fortune and his sacred honor prompts me to share a tidbit of christian controversy that has lasted a few hundred years:
The scholars authorized by … King James I to translate the Bible into current English did not use the original Hebrew texts, but used versions translated … largely by St. Jerome in the fourth century. Jerome had mistranslated the Hebraic metaphor, “Day star, son of the Dawn,” as “Lucifer,” and over the centuries a metamorphosis took place. Lucifer the morning star became a disobedient angel, cast out of heaven to rule eternally in hell. Theologians, writers, and poets interwove the myth with the doctrine of the Fall, and in Christian tradition Lucifer is now the same as Satan, the Devil, and — ironically — the Prince of Darkness.
I would expect someone of genius jewish decent (who don’t share the same concept of Satan as christians), to know about the above error and not use the terms interchangeably. Imagine this tiny mistranslation and others, compounded over time, perverted by the hands of men into something other than intended, or perhaps in some instances, exactly as intended.
You may claim that religion smells of rotten fish, but maybe it’s because the water is polluted.
Ironically, I learned this at a bible summer camp many years ago, and a quick google gave me a nice synopsis. The quoted article can be found here
Call me a fanatic if you will, but anyone who can be blinded by faith that the bible is the actual word of god, cannot ignore inconsistancies and errors that either prove one of two things:
God is not perfect, since he must have overseen these translations
The bible is not the true word of god
Which one can you live with ?