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The Old Testament wasn't compiled into one book, it was originally word of mouth stories that eventually got written onto scrolls which only the temple priests had access to. So the masses had nothing but what the priests said and their own stories to go on, not an actual book.
The Old and New Testaments weren't put into any kind of recognizable book form for the masses until the 1600s, and those that did were under penalty of death if caught selling or giving away copies. Even then, the stories that made it into today's Bible were determined upon by priests and monks since the writings had always been the province of the religious orders.
So, the originals were word of mouth stories that were changed and embellished to suit the needs, moods and opinions of the story tellers. The first texts made from the stories were written in Greek, Aramaic and Hebrew, which means whoever did the translating also did it with their own interpretations in mind. Even when the texts were translated to English, there were fierce debates about how a particular word or phrase should be translated, as depending on the original language in which they were written they could mean different things.
Those translations and their meanings are still hotly debated today, which is why there are currently 233 different English versions of the Bible.
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Last edited by Speed Racer; 07-23-2013 at 11:21 AM.