Ultimate Chinese Whispers
There was a rather good article in Vanity Fair ( http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2011/05/hitchens-201105) about the proliferation of different versions of the bible in various languages. Talk about Chinese Whispers: this is the story of a geometric progression of Lost in Translation. There have been 48 in the United States alone, all claiming to be the true "word of god". If so, it is a case of talking out of multiple sides of his mouth at the same time. In reality, mere mortals have been tinkering.
The article focused on the King James bible, the first translation of the Latin one into English, which took a bit of wind out of the deceiving sails of Roman Catholic martinets and opened the market for different versions. Of course, this book appeared some 1600 years after the guy that helped a teenager win American Idol allegedly roamed the 'hood in Jerusalem and thousands of years after the jolly events in the old part. You can imagine how many well-meaning (irony alert!) scribblers tinkered with the wording and added their own twists.
If there are 48 versions of anything--but especially a bible--then it is because someone has an agenda and wanted to change the content to fit that agenda. If that early L. Ron Hubbard clone were not busy helping teenage singers and Republican presidential hopefuls, the guy could publish his own version and set the record straight, after so many have messed around with "his word". Of course, he would have to promote the bloody thing himself on a grueling book tour, now that Oprah no longer has a show on national television.
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Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.