Ahab over at the Republic of Gilead sent me an interesting news link regarding a little known project which has been going on for over half a century. Tucked away in a corner of the Promised Land, a small group of Orthodox Jews are re-writing their Bible, what Christians affectionately call the "Old Testament." These Jews are meticulously going letter by letter using all of the modern finds, like the Dead Sea Scrolls and other, more obscure scraps of Scripture, and comparing them with the traditional sources used in today's mainstream interpretations of the Bible.
In this tedious process, they've uncovered that some, um, mistakes which were made. Sometimes, they were just minor changes of a word or two. Sometimes, the issues were a little more damaging:
"Some verses, including ones containing a prophecy about the seizure and return of Temple implements by Babylonian soldiers, appear to have been added after the events happened."
To the skeptic, this is manna from Heaven. ;-) It would be inappropriate to assume that all of the prophesies which appear to have accurately come true were written after the fact based on this finding, but it has happened. At least once. That represents something incredibly significant.
An intentionally forged prophesy. Made to deceive the readers, and/or the followers. This represents evil intent. It's a lie. Why would you need to lie if you have the truth? If you knew God did exist, how could you dare purposefully write a forgery in His holy book? If you realize the truth isn't so true, but you benefit from that misguided belief, why not help it become more believable?
The Jewish scholars continue their work with unyielding faith. Quietly. With full knowledge that the people working on this project today will not be alive by the time this labor of love is complete.