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November 18, 2008

About Them Jabs. . .

Does Mike Huckabee know his Bible? I can't believe I didn't catch this, but Frank Lockwood did.

Huckabee describes other elders of the social-conservative movement, many of whom meet in private as part of an organization called the Arlington Group, as "more enamored with the process, the political strategies, and the party hierarchy than with the simple principles that had originally motivated the Founders." Later, Huckabee writes, "I lamented that so many people of faith had moved from being prophetic voices - like Naaman, confronting King David in his sin and saying, ?Though art the man!' - to being voices of patronage, and saying to those in power, ?You da' man!' "

It's the Prophet Nathan who confronts King David, (2 Samuel 12:7). Naaman, on the other hand, is "a mighty man of valour" (2 Kings 5:1-9) who suffered from leprosy.


I think asking 'does Mike Huckabee know his Bible' based on one quote/misquote seems a bit sensationalist. People mix up people's names all the time, and those are certainly similar ones close to the same time in the Bible.

I hope that readers will give Huckabee the benefit of the doubt and view this as a typo and an error in editing/proof-reading. I am often amazed at the mistakes I make as I type rapidly and can be prone to substituting similar-sounding words where they don't belong. If I proof-read the next day I can usually catch them, but if I'm in a hurry and proof-read my own text immediately after composing it, I'm amazed how easy it is to miss major errors of this sort. (Indeed, this is very easy to do with classic homonyms like there/their and effect/affect where the fact that I know the difference doesn't prevent me from missing the error.)

Huckabee's error is pretty bad in that he's a former Southern Baptist pastor, and his book should have been edited sufficiently to correct such mistakes.

As A PhD student in Biblical Studies, I sometimes slip, the same happens with my own professors, who unlike me could never be accused of being pretenders as they are know scholars competently dealing with the biblical text. one can easily say "Naaman" while thinking "Nathan". should I infer that you do not know your Bible because your link to 2 Kings 5:1-9 actually displays 2 Samuel 12:7?

This does not prove Huckabee (or yourself) know the Bible, but it surely does not indicate that either one of you does not

Much ado about nothing.

ChristianityToday could not wait to print this error! This magazine amazes me!! Quick to print someone's flaws!!

I'm sure Gov Huckabee knows the bible and it was just an error in his moments of rushing. Believe me, it happens in life!