Saturday, August 15, 2009

UPDATED 1-1-13--Did the TV show 'Jeopardy' endorse the JW Bible?

Not long ago a Witness wrote to me and said that on a recent episode of “Jeopardy” the answer was “The New World Translation.” The question—“What is the most accurate Bible translation?” This was my reply.

Wow! Did your question take me back. Thirty years ago a JW elder told me that, “Billy Graham said that the 'New World Translation was the most accurate translation.'
” Of course this was easy to check. I wrote the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and asked them about the quote. His Ministry said that the “NWT was not an honest translation and that many of the WT doctrines were put into the NWT without any support from the original languages. It was not a translation they could endorse”—far from being the most accurate translation.

Now, you tell me that Jeopardy has put its stamp of approval on the NWT. Fortunately, we have the Internet. I did a Google search and typed in the search window, “every jeopardy question.” When the results came up, I clicked on “
Digg - Every Jeopardy Question Ever.” In that search box, I typed in “Bible” and scrolled down the list of questions. On 12-19-97 under Organizations for $400 I saw this question, “The Watchtower Bible & Tract Society is the legal agency of this religious group?” On 12-01-93 under Religion for $200 I found this question, "This groups corporate bodies are the Watchtower Bible and Tract Societies of PA and NY." On 9-14-84 under Religion for $200 is this question, “More common name for the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society?” Guess what? No question about the most accurate Bible Translation. I tried other categories—“Religion” and “Translation” but found nothing.

Let me know if you find the elusive, “What is the most accurate Bible translation?” This sounds like something that circulated around the organization but nobody bothered to check on its accuracy—or maybe no one DARED to check on its accuracy. Going against the organization can be so disfellowshipping.

UPDATE--as of 1-1-13

You can find every Jeopardy question and answer at:

Once at the site click on “All Seasons” and you should be here:

I used the 'Search Box' to conduct two searches and here are the results.

Search—“Jehovah’s Witnesses"
Jeopardy! Round, Double Jeopardy! Round, or Tiebreaker Round clues (9 results returned)
RELIGION $1600: Joseph Rutherford of this group had his followers play sermonettes on record players when going door to door
GIVE ME THAT OLD TIME RELIGION $1200: You'll find the official website of this religious group at www.watchtower.org
RUSSELLMANIA $800: Until 1931 members of this religious movement founded by Charles Russell were known as Russellites
KEEP THE FAITH $600: Their magazine is called "The Watchtower" & their churches are called Kingdom Halls Jehovah's Witnesses
THE "HALL"S $400: Specific term for the place where Jehovah's Witnesses meet to practice their faith
SECTS $200: Members of this Christian sect founded by Charles Taze Russell often go door to door to preach the faith
ORGANIZATIONS $400: The Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society is a legal agency of this religious group
RELIGION $200: This group's corporate bodies are the Watchtower Bible & Tract Societies of PA & NY
RELIGION $200: More common name for The Watchtower Bible & Tract Society
Final Jeopardy! Round clues (0 results returned)


Search—“New World Translation”
Jeopardy! Round, Double Jeopardy! Round, or Tiebreaker Round clues (0 results returned)
Final Jeopardy! Round clues (0 results returned)
Players (0 results returned)J

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