TEN POINTS AGAINST the New American Bible’s BOGUS EXEGESIS of the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew

Bogus |ˈbōgəs| Counterfeit or fake; fraudulent; not genuine; pretend; phony; spurious; undesirable or harmful; incorrect, useless, or broken. Origin : 1839, Amer.Eng., apparently from a slang word applied in Ohio in 1827 to a counterfeiter’s apparatus. Some trace this to tantrabobus, a late 18c. colloquial Vermont word for any odd-looking object, which may be connected to tantarabobs, recorded as a Devonshire name for the Devil. Others trace it to the same source as bogey as in Bogeyman. It goes further . . .

The “introductions, footnotes, and explanatory material…added to facilitate devotional reading…and for purposes of study” in the New American Bible’s New Testament of 1986 remain to this day the most sustained assault upon the plenary inspiration of the Sacred Scriptures ever delivered under “official church” auspices in the English-speaking world. The TEN POINTS we present here against the NAB’s Notes deal exclusively with it’s shocking treatment of the Gospel of Saint Matthew, nevertheless, they are but small inklings of a whole galaxy of disorders which infect every page of this truly “New” and “American” bible.

1. The word “Catholic” is not mentioned once. Only the “Matthean church, Matthew’s church, Matthew’s community.” 

2. Not one Church Father, Doctor, Saint, Pope or Council is named or quoted. (Excepting one inconsequential remark from Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History & Nostra Aetate)

3. A Preponderance of citations from Pseudepigrapha, Gnostic texts, the Essenes of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls.

4. An unusual amount of notes concern :
Rabbinic traditions
Rabbinic prayers
Rabbinic literature
Jewish legends
Jewish writings
Jewish beliefs
Jewish notions
Jewish usage
Jewish sources
Jewish stories
Jewish practices
the schools of Hillel and Shammai
and the Mishnah of the Babylonian Talmud. 

5. An overweening emphasis on the hypothetical so-called Gospel of Q.

6. A fanatical obsession for pointing out the most minute Discrepancies.

7. The mysterious and oft’ mentioned but never cited “Some scholars… Many scholars… Most scholars… Majority of scholars.”

8. The seldom cited “Many important Textual witnesses.” 

9. St. Matthew the Evangelist is accused of :

“editing, deliberately introducing, modifying, linking, changing, portraying, adding, showing, composing, inserting, expanding, retrojecting, following, accommodating, arranging, assuming, taking, touching, omitting, intending, extending, heightening, setting, claiming, wishing, meaning to, inverting, substituting, attributing, introducing, combining, softening, supporting, retaining, picking up, leaving aside, reducing, weakening, silencing, specifying, summarizing, presenting, ascribing, eliminating, designating, shortening, concentrating, eliminating ambiguities, serving to justify, intending to justify, basing on, removing, recasting, reformulating, abbreviating, doubling, placing, making it so, interrupting, asserting, drawing from, drawing upon, drawing out, formulating, interpreting, turning, giving, depending, incorporating, pointing, deleting, establishing, distinguishing, repeating, associating, commanding, using, utilizing, avoiding, putting, emphasizing, inexactly alluding, curiously omitting, qualifying, altering, rewording.”

10. While these “Omniscient” Modernist Exegetes are so cocksure of all their impudent figments and phantasies, at the same time they pepper their language with doubt and uncertainty about the authenticity or actual meaning of the Scriptures.

a greater or lesser degree of probability
many answers
far from certain
may have been due
probably from
probably at least
a plausible suggestion
may have
seems likely
probably is meant
probably expresses
probably has to do
probably applies
probably reflects
probably closer
probably due to
probably not due only to
but it is probably
is much disputed
seems to have
there is the same confusion
a plausible view
meaning is obscure
the view held by many, others, however, hold…
is doubtful
is perhaps
some think
may be the reason
very uncertain
there are several possibilities
several meanings given
there is a problem in knowing
could have
it is difficult to know
a different view
it seems plausible to maintain
there is some evidence
understood by some
suggests that
may be because
possibly because
some propose
there is much confusion
although some accept
there are others who believe
this view is now supported
probably made because of
may indicate that
can mean that
for some this is
probably composed
although there is no clear evidence
is vague
reasons against considering this
it is uncertain whether
may reflect
possibly this refers
as many think
may refer to
a fact that may be explained
there is reason to think
has been understood as
while it is questionable that
the difficulty raised by this
perhaps it means
some see
some indicate
probably because
it is disputable
probably based
seems to be due
probably an inexact allusion


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2 responses to “TEN POINTS AGAINST the New American Bible’s BOGUS EXEGESIS of the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew

  1. Augustine

    It really is nauseating.

  2. Pingback: Catholics Demote the Eucharist to Promote the Bible – Catholic or Something Else?

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