WHAT ABOUT GAIL RIPLINGER’S NEW BOOK?
August 29, 2005 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, firstname.lastname@example.org; for instructions about subscribing and unsubscribing or changing addresses, see the information paragraph at the end of the article) -
I have been receiving requests from readers to review Gail Riplinger’s new book “In Awe of Thy Word: Understanding the King James Bible, Its Mystery & History Letter by Letter.” I have seen enough of Riplinger’s writings to know what she is all about and this book is more of the same.
When I reviewed her first book (New Age Bible Versions) I saw that while she had many good things to say, she also mishandled the words of men and that her conspiratorial mindset colored everything she touches. I also suspected that she had what one Australian pastor friend calls “an attitude problem.” When I wrote to her in those days to express my concerns, she didn’t reply. To this day she has never replied to me personally, but she did include me in her next book (Blind Guides) and treated me like some sort of fool, mocked me, took my words out of context and twisted them to make me say things I do not believe, and slanderously lumped me in with modern version defenders such as James White. (For more about this see “Gail Riplinger’s Slanders” at http://www.wayoflife.org/fbns/riplinger3.htm.)
Her newest book again contains many good things in defense of the KJV but it is interspersed with serious mistakes so that it is impossible to have confidence in her research or conclusions at any point.
For example, in chapter 22 she claims that John Wycliffe did not use the Latin Vulgate as the basis for his translation but that he used Hebrew, Greek, and Old Latin sources. She says it is a “myth” to say that Wycliffe used the Latin Vulgate. As a matter of fact, a careful comparison of the Wycliffe Bible with the Latin Vulgate and the Old Latin demonstrates that Wycliffe consistently used the Vulgate, with only a very few exceptions. I have done extensive research into the textual basis of the Wycliffe New Testament and it contains most of the textual corruptions found in the Vulgate. For example, the Wycliffe Bible omits “for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever” in Mat. 6:13, “to repentance” in Mat. 9:13 and Mk. 2:17, “spoken by Daniel the prophet” in Mk. 13:14, “get thee behind me Satan” in Lk. 4:8, “the Lord” from 1 Cor. 15:47, “in Christ” in Gal. 3:17, and “God” in 1 Timothy 3:16, to mention only a few of its textual errors. In most of these instances, these things are omitted in the Wycliffe and the Latin Vulgate but are NOT omitted in the Old Latin, so that it is obvious that Wycliffe was indeed following the Vulgate rather than the Traditional Greek Text or the Old Latin.
It has been said that she claims that the extant Wycliffe Bible has been modified textually from the original, but I have never seen evidence of this.
Mrs. Riplinger gives so much seeming documentation that the average reader is convinced that her scholarship is sound, not being in a position to see that she frequently misuses her quotes and reaches conclusions not supported by the facts given in the documents that she cites as her authority.
Further, Mrs. Riplinger is completely out of place in teaching men as she does. Two things are forbidden in 1 Timothy 2:12, “But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.” The woman is not allowed to teach men and she is not allowed to usurp authority over them. Mrs. Riplinger is living in open defiance of this divine commandment.
She also is a true Ruckmanite, teaching that the English KJV is better than and has replaced the Greek and Hebrew, that there is no need today for learning or using Greek and Hebrew, and other such things. If her position were true we would not even have an English Bible because it was laboriously translated by men who learned Greek and Hebrew and diligently studied the Scriptures in those languages!
There is a strange, almost cultic element within the Independent Baptist movement, and Mrs. Riplinger is right in the middle of it.
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