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Religious texts

What religious text besides the Bible has been changed over the years?

By my understanding the Jewish text hasn't been because it is still in Hebrew, same thing with the Muslim text (not in Hebrew though obviously). I will admit my grasp of Eastern religions is lacking so I don't know about them.

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Asked by purpleducky at 9:03 AM on Mar. 6, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • As far as I know, all of them have been altered in one way or another from the original. It's not all because of hidden agendas or anything malicious. In many cases the alterations are the work of mistranslation... and more mistranslation... Not really someone trying to mislead. Although in other cases it is just that... But at this point, unless you are getting the actual texts and translating them yourself, which most of us can't do, you don't know how much is altered and how much isn't.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 9:10 AM on Mar. 6, 2010

  • According to islam... allah put some sort of "lock" on the koran, so they believe no change.
    Jewish has been transcribed multiple time.
    Anything translated into another language from original text won't translate coherently or have exact words to translate... kinda like chinese to english... even english to spanish.
    However, just because something has been translated doesn't mean you can't the meaning out of it... it is just phrased in such a way the grammar and definitions come across. Just because something is translated in a "paraphrased" way doesn't mean it isn't translated correctly.

    Answer by missbreezy214 at 1:25 PM on Mar. 6, 2010

  • There are variations in some of the Eddas depending on which translation you use (as it is with anything, really). In Europe, the Church forced some rewriting of them to make the gods look evil, to rewrite Hel as being the same as their version of Hell, and to recast any of the intelligent people in the stories as stupid barbarians. If you read the original versions none of those things were ever part of the stories. The current editions in English are annotated to point out all the places the Church forced changes and put them in context of what they really mean.

    There are also some variations of individual sagas and runes that have been perverted by naziism. Hitler started that (the SS symbol and the swastika, along with his corruption of some of the stories. Wagner's The Ring keeps some of that perversion alive, too). Most of what people misunderstand comes from either the Vatican or Hitler.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 1:36 PM on Mar. 6, 2010

  • Aside from the bible, most of what is changed is symbolic meanings. As NP pointed out with the nazi's.. the Christian cross actually had its origin in ancient Chaldea (Babylon), and was used as the symbol of the god Tammuz . .. or the christmas tree's origins (having namely to do with the yule log). and so and and so forth.

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 3:16 PM on Mar. 6, 2010

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