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Written by Bill Gordon, Th.D.
A pastor in Florida called and mentioned that some Jehovah’s Witnesses
(JWs) recently knocked on his door. There is nothing unusual with JWs coming by
the house. They spent about 120 million hours going door-to-door in
What was remarkable about their visit was a claim they made. They
asserted that the television game show JEOPARDY! once asked what is the most
accurate translation of the Bible. According to the JWs, the correct answer was
the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures.
I can understand the JWs claiming that the New World
Translation is the most accurate translation of the Bible. It is their
official translation. What I cannot comprehend is why JEOPARDY! would want to
get involved in this controversy.
A quick search on the internet reveals that this claim is widespread
and has been made by JWs all over North America. A Google search of “New World
Translation” and “JEOPARDY” resulted in 742 hits.1 However, a search
of the JEOPARDY! web site J-archive.com failed to verify that the question was
ever asked.2 Unfortunately, this does not settle the issue because
J-archive.com is fan-supported and not an official web site.
I have therefore sent a letter (snail mail) asking JEOPARDY! to either
confirm or deny the JW claim. Check my next blog on April 6 for their answer,
entitled “What Is The Most Accurate Translation Of The Bible? (Part
2 Search made on February 6, 2009.
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