Monday, November 11, 2013

James White - Vocabulary Fail

I am not a fan of Sam Gipp, but James White says some ridiculous things in the video below. For someone who is well known as a "scholar," he doesn't have a very large vocabulary. At around 8:10 in this video, he starts rattling off a list of "archaic" words in the KJV. In the process, he grossly mispronounces the words "ado" and "choler" which are both commonly used modern words. Maybe they sound unfamiliar because you are pronouncing them wrong!

From 14:32 on, he spends several minutes going on and on about how "shambles" means something completely different today than what it meant in 1 Corinthians 10:25.

1 Corinthians 10:25 Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake:

I immediately went to and looked up the word:


1 [sham-buh l] 
1. shambles, ( used with a singular or plural verb )

     a. a slaughterhouse.
     b. any place of carnage.
     c. any scene of destruction: to turn cities into shambles.
     d. any scene, place, or thing in disorder: Her desk is a shambles.
2. British Dialect . a butcher's shop or stall.
Where in the world is he getting his information? The KJV definition is definition #1 in a modern dictionary! The definition he knows is definition #4 in a modern dictionary. He says you would need to carry around a dictionary of "Old English" or "Middle English" to understand the KJV. This man is a scholar?!

Here is a sample of Old English:

Hwæt! We Gardena         in geardagum,
þeodcyninga,         þrym gefrunon,
hu ða æþelingas         ellen fremedon.
Oft Scyld Scefing         sceaþena þreatum,

Here is a sample of Middle English:

1: Whan that aprill with his shoures soote
2: The droghte of march hath perced to the roote,
3: And bathed every veyne in swich licour
4: Of which vertu engendred is the flour;
5: Whan zephirus eek with his sweete breeth
6: Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
7: Tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne
8: Hath in the ram his halve cours yronne,

Just like the KJV, right?

In reality, every word in the King James Bible is in a basic handheld, contemporary English dictionary. No special dictionary is needed to understand any of the words in the KJV. James White's knowledge, like that of almost all "experts" and "scholars," is of course, overrated.

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