Friday, March 20, 2009

Errors of Biblical Proportions

Before I give you biblical bloopers, here's a book meme...

On your nightstand now:
Three issues of partially read Romance Writers' Report and Make Me a Match by Diana Holquist, in addition to, the requisite alarm clock, phone, and calendar.

Favorite book when you were a child:
The Twins at St Clare's by Enid Blyton.

Your top five, dead, authors:
Jane Austen, Enid Blyton, Jules Verne, Alexandre Dumas, Charlotte Brontë.

Book you've faked reading:
Crime & Punishment by Dostoevsky, a yawner from the first page. I started and stopped this book many, many times; perhaps one my first did-not-finish books. Oh, the guilt!

Current book you're an evangelist for:
Flirting with Forty by Jane Porter, hits every sweet spot I have and knowing that it closely parallels her real life just made it that much more endearing.

Last book you bought for the cover:
Mills & Boon: The Art of Romance, a picture book of book covers (how can you beat that?), highlighting Mills & Boon's 100-year publishing history.

Book that changed your life:
These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer, my first unforgettable introduction to historicals. I still have the book, now in a zipped plastic bag, because the spine's come unglued, a couple pages are missing, and most pages have nicks and are yellowed.

Book you bought because it was stand-in-the-bookstore-chuckling funny:
A Lion Called Christian, a true story of two pink bell-bottomed Australians who within months of their moving to London bought a lion cub from Harrods (yes, Knightsbridge), raised him in a flat in Chelsea, set this fifth-generation English lion free in the wild in Kenya, and had an exhuberant meeting him a year later.

Favorite line from a book:
"I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew I had begun," Darcy to Lizzie in Pride & Prejudice. Totally sigh-worthy!

I'm going to cheat and quote a second favorite line, and I'm going to cheat further by saying that it's best as uttered by Thornton to Margaret Hale in North & South, "Look at me. Look back at me."

(Here's an absolutely hilarious fictitious conversation between Darcy and Thoronton.)

Book you most want to read again for the first time:
Ransom by Julie Garwood, started my love affair with all things medieval.

And here's the promised list...

On Thursday, March 19, 1517, the Church forbade the printing of any book—particularly the Bible—without permission. Since then, printings of the Bible have contained curious errors. A 1632 edition called the Wicked Bible omitted not in the Seventh Commandment, leaving, "Thou shalt commit adultery." A 1652 Cambridge Press undertaking, dubbing the Unrighteous Bible, posed the rhetorical question in 1 Corinthians 6:9, "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall inherit the Kingdom of God?" The 1551 Bug Biblewas so named after an erroneous translation of bogies to bugges in Psalm 91:15, yeilding, "Thou shalt not be afraid of bugges by nighte." Perhaps the most famous biblical variant was one published in 1579. It became known as the Breeches Bible because in Genesis 3:7 breeches was substituted for aprons in describing how Adam and Eve, "sewed figge-tree leaves together and made themselves breeches." In 1833, fine, upstanding gentleman, Noah Webster, published a sanitized Bible, replacing such libertine terms as give suck with nourish.