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Letter to the Editor: Biblically speaking

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I read with interest the Sept. 7 article by Jessica Gibbs on The State of the Bible in 2017. It is of course no surprise that most people who read the Bible are older. Many youth (not all) today and for the past several decades have been indifferent to religion, particularly a belief in God or a moral code. It was heartening to read about people who do have an interest in reading the Bible and who feel it is an important part of their lives.

I found of particular interest that the report indicated that the King James Version is the most popular. This is interesting because it is lacking 7 Deuterocanonical books of the Old Testament including Tobit, Judith, Wisdom, Sirach, Baruch,1 and 2 Maccabees as well as portions of the Books Esther and Daniel that are in the original Bible. These were removed by Martin Luther in the 16th Century and his reasoning is another topic of discussion. However, if people are interested in reading the complete original Bible I would suggest the Ignatius Bible, the Douay-Rheims Bible or the New American Bible.

David P. Martinez,
Lakewood

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