One amusing post I read last week was James White retelling of his attempt to purchase a copy of Gail Riplinger’s latest pot boiler, Hazardous Materials: Greek and Hebrew Study Dangers, The Voice of Strangers, The Men Behind the Smoke Screen, Burning Bibles Word by Word.
How this information, if any of it were even true, has any bearing upon the ability of Henry Liddell to edit a Greek lexicon isn’t really answered. Of course, if a person would actually do a web search on “Lewis Carroll” and “Jack the Ripper,” something Gail has obviously failed to do or chose to ignore, he or she will discover no one ever accused the man of sexual impropriety with the girl and not one expert in the Jack the Ripper case even takes seriously the charge that Lewis Carroll is the main suspect. No matter to Gail, however.
At any rate, James went directly to her “ministry” website, entered the necessary purchasing information, but instead of receiving an electronic receipt thanking him for his order assuring him it was in the mail, he got a blunt note stating: “We will not fill orders for Mr. James White.”
I honestly remained mystified how this charlatan woman is labeled a so-called “expert” on textual criticism and Bible translation. Her research is so buffoonish and easily exposed as being fraudulent, it truly causes me to wonder at the staggering lack of discernment among those people who follow her with any amount of seriousness.
However, on top of all of that, she’s a woman. No offense to the fairer sex by any means, but anyone who has moved in and around fundamental Baptist circles knows that one big no-no is to have women teaching over men, a principle I happen to pretty much agree with. In reality, Gail has become the version of Gloria Copeland among fundamentalists, teaching large groups of both men and women. Doesn’t anyone in fundamentalist circles see the disconnect with her being given a podium?
I have recounted how when I first encountered her book, New Age Bible Versions, I thought Gail was a man. That’s because she originally went by her initials “G.A.” Riplinger obscuring her sex to the reader. I believe that was intentional because she knew her book would not be received well, if not at all, if her true identity had been known. Yet, her thesis was so sensational, once we learned “Gail” was really a woman, she had gained enough of a foothold to establish her position as a KJV only apologist.
But there is another shibboleth that marks the oddity of her acceptance among independent fundamentalists: her multiple divorces. You would think a woman with one divorce would be plenty to disqualify her from speaking in any fundamentalist “Baptist Tabernacle” or Bible fellowship church, but she has two. The author at the link above goes in to scrutinizing detail how he researched her background.
Those two facts alone baffle me as to why she can still be allowed an audience with KJV apologists. Do any of them care anything about integrity of conviction?
Just on a lark, I signed up for her email newsletter, The Riplinger Report. I figured it will be mightily entertaining and provide some possible blog fodder. My first one arrived just the other day. It is an expose on the lexicon in the back of Strong’s Concordance and how James Strong, the author, was really an evil man who would get drunk and shoot little baby ducks with a pellet gun. Well, I’m making up that pellet gun part, but you get the picture.