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The uncensored Authorized Version ("King James") edition of the New Testament is more than ever under attack as a type of "hate literature" that must be "cleaned up" or even "eradicated."
Suppression of the New Testament passages critical of the Pharisees has emerged in an edition of the Bible published by the Oxford University Press in 1997.
The Oxford publishers of "The New Testament and Psalms: A New Inclusive Translation" have censored the inspired words of Matthew, John and Paul in order, " to portray the story of Jesus' life and death in a way that is not offensive to Jews."
In the texts of Matthew, John, Acts, Corinthians and the other sections of the New Testament, negative references to Jews have been censored and removed.
Where the New Testament formerly referred to "the Jewish leaders," the Orwellian Oxford Bible has "the leaders." For "Jews," the new Bible substitutes "men."
The Oxford Bible publishers state: "When `the Jews' is used to refer to ...unbelieving people, it is rendered `the religious authorities' or simply `the leaders' or `authorities' to minimize what could be perceived as a warrant for anti-Jewish bias."
"I commend them for [taking out] the anti-Jewish stuff, which was originally mistranslated," said Rabbi Jacob Rudin, of the American Jewish Committee.
Irvin Borowsky, chairman of the American Interfaith Institute,worked for a year with the Oxford University Press to delete Biblical language hostile to Jews. He stated that "We are enormously encouraged [by] these changes ...the very first in 1,800 years."
The American Interfaith Institute is a Philadelphia-based organization excluively devoted to the censorship of the New Testament by "working to remove anti-Judaism from Christian liturgy."
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