I opened the latest issue of Biblical Archaeology Review to discover that I had missed a "historical landmark in Bible publishing."
According to a full page ad in the Jan/Feb issue, this new Bible is extraordinary and unique... "the only complete Bible ever published - with both Old and New Testaments - that accurately follows the original canonical manuscript order..."
The bold type and hyperbole may give you a clue.
"It is a widely unknown fact that the original manuscript order of both the Old and New Testament books was altered by early church fathers."
A widely unknown fact?
"[The Bible's] books were mysteriously repositioned from their original order by fourth-century "editors." '
If you haven't guessed it already, we're talking about the Fred Coulter Bible which Fred is pitching at the BAR readership. Fred is, in case you've just tuned in to the wacky world of COGdom, a schismatic minister of the Worldwide Church of God who left in the late seventies.
The ad - on page 5, if you want to check it out for yourself - raises a whole truckload of issues. There's the ghost of Ernest L. Martin to contend with, a parallel project by James Tabor to produce a "Transparent English" version, and an awful lot of nonsense that needs shoveling onto the nearest compost heap.