Bible boo-boos

So, last night I went to see a play — I’m not going to link to what I saw, in case this would embarrass anyone, which it shouldn’t — in which there was a reference to Rahab, the virtuous prostitute in the Hebrew Bible who helped the Israelites conquer Jericho. They pronounced it “Rehab,” which I thought was a pretty cute joke.

Except drinks with the cast later revealed that it wasn’t — they just didn’t know.

Sigh. Do you have to be a fundamentalist to wish people knew the Bible better? Certainly not. It’s one of the cornerstone documents of Western civilization, there’s so much of art and literature and music that you simply can’t appreciate unless you have a good grounding in the Bible.

(My neighbors got a dog named “Vashti” a couple of years ago, and thought she was named after a Hindu goddess. They totally didn’t get my joke “Good luck teaching her to come when she’s called.”)

Anyway, I posted this on Facebook, and got this hilarious response from a friend of mine: “Had a Bible teacher who once heard a sermon in which the preacher meant to be talking about the Shema, but kept calling it ‘the Great Shamu.’ Like, over and over.” Let me tell you, a protein shake hurts when it comes out your nose.

There’s got to be a joke in there somewhere about the Orca of the Covenant.

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5 Responses to Bible boo-boos

  1. Shulamuth says:

    Resolved: I will put down my can of soda before reading Robin, because Diet Coke hurts, too!

    I am 100% with you on feeling that people should read the Bible for literature and culture as well as (if they wish) faith. It’s a huge part of basic Western cultural literacy. (Plus, if people did, I wouldn’t have to spend so much time saying “no, it actually doesn’t say that…..”)

  2. Shulamuth says:

    AND now Vasti the dog and last weeks merenquing pooch have just confounded themselves in my mind!

  3. Molly says:

    I had to stop arguing the Bible on the Interwebs when somebody told me that they didn’t care what the Hebrew said and they didn’t want to learn. *sigh*

    Not that I think anyone’s obligated to learn Hebrew or Greek, but it would be nice if they’d acknowledge that all translation is interpretation.

  4. Eeeeka says:

    My pastor had a story about a funeral sermon for a woman named Edna. They used the same service, just replaced the name every week. And everything was fine until they got to the part about the “Great Virgin Edna.”

    Isn’t find/replace fun? (The previous service had been for Mary.)

  5. KellyK says:

    Hehe…Orca of the Covenant…Virgin Edna…

    Now all day I’m going to be picturing that scene from Indiana Jones, but instead of the bad guy getting burned horribly by the arc, a killer whale falls on him and squishes him flat.

    I think Vashti is a great name for a dog, especially one who is either shy or a complete princess.

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