"Book" or "Scroll" in Luke 4:20 et al.?
Some critics allege that the KJV habitually mistranslates the word for a "scroll" as "book." These critics misunderstand what is meant by "book." These critics seem to confuse the word "book" with "codex." The codex is the specific term that refers to the modern book with pages bound together in between a front and back cover. The word "book" itself does not refer to this particular format. With new technology, consumers now download "books" to their digital devices. These digital books go by various names such as E-books or i-Books. Obviously, these digital products are not physically bound codices. Thus it should be clear to English-speaking people that "book" is not a term that refers to a particular physical format. "Book" simply refers to a volume of readable written information. Other popular translations also use "book" to refer to writings in formats that are not codices. The NASB and ESV refer to "the book of the generations of Adam" (Genesis 5:1). The NIV refers to the "Book of the Covenant" (Exodus 24:7). These translators surely knew that Moses did not write in codices. When the NASB uses "book(s)" 179 times and the ESV 165 times, despite there being no such thing as a codex in biblical times, it would be hypocritical to allege an error in the KJV.
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