Posted by lamarzulli on January 12, 2013
I put up a quote by the LAMSA Bible yesterday and since then I have had several letters to links about it. After spending some time examining these links I have come to the conclusion that I was wrong about the LAMSA Bible. I thought it was another translation, like the NIV. Here’s what changed my mind!
Question: What is the Lamsa Bible? Is it trustworthy like the King James Bible? If not, how is it different?
Answer: I used the Lamsa Bible myself, when I was into the occult, over two decades ago. But I still remember the strange things it says to this day. The Lamsa Bible is supposedly a translation of the Aramaic Peshitta Bible, authored by occultist George Lamsa. He was a very sly man. He used as his base text the King James Bible, and changed passages to fit what he wanted them to say, then claimed he was only “translating the Aramaic.”
Perverted Prophecies of the Lord Jesus Christ
For example, in Matthew 27:46 God’s words say: “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” But Lamsa’s book says “Eli, Eli, lemana shabakthani,” which according to his notes means, “My God, my God, for this I was spared,” or “this was my destiny.” This destroys the Lord Jesus Christ’s quotation of Psalm 22:1. Even worse, he changed Psalm 22:1 into heresy:
“My God, my God, why hast thou let me to live? and yet thou hast delayed my salvation from me, because of the words of my folly.”
A person reading Jesus’ words on the cross and Psalm 22 would have no idea that God made that psalm into a precise prophecy of the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We know that the Lord Jesus is the “only-begotten” of God the Father. But in Lamsa’s perversion it reads, “the first-born” (John 1:14, 18). Jesus wasn’t the first born from God; He is the ONLY one, God the Son and Son of God.
1 Timothy 3:16 says clearly “God was manifest in the flesh;” but Lamsa wrongly wrote, “it [the "divine mystery"] is revealed in the flesh.” Jesus wasn’t a mystery with a body. He was, and is, God Himself.
Micah 5:2 tells us that the Lord Jesus has always lived; but instead of “whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting,” Lamsa lies, “whose goings forth have been predicted from of old, from everlasting.” This makes no sense. Jesus wasn’tpredicted from eternity; He has existed from eternity!
I stand corrected! L. A. Marzulli
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