August 14, 2005

The Cotton Patch Bible, Online

I first heard of The Cotton Patch Bible years ago from a pastor who found it most entertaining, but I had never been able to look at it until today. Better Bibles Blog has a link to where the Cotton Patch Bible is now available online! For those of you who are not familiar with it, the Cotton Patch Bible is a paraphrase written in Souther (US) English vernacular. Jerusalem has been replaced by Atlanta, Bethlehem by Gainesville, GA. Tons of fun. Enjoy!

Posted by Kenny at August 14, 2005 3:05 PM
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Comments

Hey Kenny,

I heard about this "Bible" from my dad who had read a copy of it while he was in seminary in Jackson, MS back in the 60s. He remembered the "Good Samaratian" story from Luke 10:25 where the "Adult Bible Teacher" starts to refer to the renamed Samaratian as a "nigger" to the Lord and then catches himself. I did an internet search some years ago for this title and came up empty. Surprised to see that it's finally showing up online.

Being a Southern, and knowing about "racial" tensions (I hate the term "race" - I don't think that it's a Biblical concept) I'm not sure they should have substituted a black person for a Samaratian - who were half-Jews. JMO.

I haven't read any more of it than this. I don't know why anyone would? Maybe to reach illiterate racist prisoners...?

Posted by: VERITAS at March 20, 2008 8:12 PM

As far as I'm concerned, it's mostly just for fun. I haven't read much of it. Then again, retelling stories like this certainly has the potential to change how we look at ourselves. Life application can be a challenge across 2000 years, but if you look closely things really aren't any different than today.

Your point about the Samaritans may be a good one. I'm sure that somewhere in American slang there must be a derogatory term for racially mixed people, which might be more appropriate.

Posted by: Kenny at March 20, 2008 9:30 PM

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