Steve Smith

Editing error implied ignorance of original biblical text

My letter included a reference to the Old Testament figures Abram and Sarai, who were the perpetrators of the famous blackmail scheme involving the Pharaoh of Egypt. At the time they pulled off their grift, they were, in fact, named Abram and Sarai. Yaweh later changed their names to Abraham and Sarah, apparently as a reward for their complicity.

Your editor, however, changed their names himself, which had the effect of making my comments appear ignorant of the original Genesis text.

I would appreciate that you acknowledge your errors. Clearly, if it meant enough for God to change their names, it should matter that your newspaper gets it right.


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