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First-Ever "Gay Bible" Draws Criticism

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The Queen James Bible (photo courtesy of queenjamesbible.com) The Queen James Bible (photo courtesy of queenjamesbible.com)

Richmond, VA—The Queen James Bible is slated to be the first gay-friendly Bible containing accurate scriptures about homosexuality, but it is drawing sharp criticism from some Christian scholars.

The Bible features a large, rainbow cross on its front cover, and its name is inspired by King James I, whom the website states was a "well-known bi-sexual." The Queen James Bible website quotes:

"Though he did marry a woman, his many gay relationships were so well-known that amongst some of his friends and court, he was known as "Queen James." It is in his great debt and honor that we name The Queen James Bible so."

The Bible's website claims that it "seeks to resolve interpretive ambiguity in the Bible as it pertains to homosexuality…" and that "the QJB is a big, fabulous Bible."

Eight passages of scripture are edited from the traditional King James Bible, in an effort to correctly and explicitly identify over references to homosexuality.

But one Christian scholar says references to homosexuality have never been omitted or unclear.

"Few, if any English translations use the actual words 'homosexuality' or 'homosexual.' But the history of English translation shows that versions have consistently used other language to refer to what we would call homosexual relationships," says Douglas J. Moo, Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies at Wheaton College and a professional Bible translator in a Christian Post article.

The Queen James Bible is available for sale on Amazon.com.

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