Sunday, 18 March 2007

Rewriting the Bible

Reading an inflight magazine on a flight from Spain to the UK, I saw an article on the restoration of some frescoes in a church in Mallorca. One had a picture of a scene in which Jesus turns water into wine. Most English versions of this Bible story call it "the Miracle at Cana".

It appears that the publishers of this magazine forgot to have their translations read by a copy-editor who could check the facts in their context. Or perhaps they had decided that the translation they had sounded Biblical enough so it didn't need to be checked. Shame about that, because they called the picture in the frescoe "the Miracle at Canaan"!

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