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Only In Print: Censored Scriptures Were Used by Missionaries to Convert Enslaved

Because so much of the original text was removed, the so-called Slave Bible has fewer pages than one would find in the traditional Bible. (Photo: Courtesy of the Museum of the Bible)

90% of Old Testament redacted from 19th-Century ‘Slave Bible’

PROSPECT HEIGHTS — Imagine reading a Bible that has no mention of one of the most famous passages in the Old Testament — Moses parting the Red Sea and leading the Israelites out of Egypt.

There is such a version of the Good Book — known colloquially as the “Slave Bible” — and it omits that all-important story.

It is no longer in use today, but…

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