Pacquiao and Mayweather: A Gambling Preview

 Rood and his team will take in some of the biggest bets anywhere in the city, expecting to do a lion’s share of betting handle at his family of properties that include not only MGM but also the Mirage, Bellagio, and Aria just to name a few.  Saturday night the entire sports world will turn its attention to the Vegas strip where the Grand Garden Arena at MGM hosts a title fight 5 years in the making between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. I believe waiting until the 23rd hour, especially for those in Vegas, may allow you to lay Floyd at -185 or maybe a slightly shorter price than that.

Regardless of the wagering that will take place across the city, events as big as what we’ll see in Vegas Saturday are second to none.  The history of the sport just does something special and it energizes the entire city,” Rood admitted during our chat.  Oddsmakers believe the fight will also go the distance, pegging the over/under rounds prop at 11.5 with substantial juice ($3.20 to win $1) required for bettors anticipating an outcome determined by the judge’s scorecards..   Fight projections, if met, would easily surpass the amount of dollars bettors put into action for the NFC or AFC championships making Mayweather/Pacquiao the second most heavily bet sporting event in Nevada this year.

“Boxing has an appeal that the UFC just can’t match.  Boxing hasn’t had fighters with this kind of buzz behind them getting into the ring together in years and given the current state of affairs in the European dominated heavyweight division, it’s anyone’s guess when we’ll see something close to Saturday night’s clash involving an American fighter again (a potential rematch not withstanding).

The other major question inevitably asked by fight fans and gamblers alike on a night like this is what potential outcome provides the biggest scare for the casino?  In this case the conspiracy theorists have spoken, mainly with their share of wallet, pouring money in on the draw, taking the opening price of 22-1 all the way down to 6-1 where it currently sits. Rood did tell me that as long as this fight didn’t end in a draw any result would be better than the infamous Frankie Randall defeat of Julio Cesar Chavez that saw casinos paying out a plethora of 10-1 tickets on the underdog well into the wee hours of the Vegas morning, a night that still resonates with him 23 years into his sportsbook career.

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9/13/14 

 -600 

Marcos Maidana 

5/03/14

 -900

Marcos Maidana

9/14/13

 -300

Saul Alvarez

5/04/13

 -600

Robert Guerrero

5/05/12

 -700

Miguel Cotto

9/17/11

 -500

Victor Ortiz

5/01/10

 -440

Oscar de la Hoya

9/19/09

 -360

Juan Manuel Marques

12/08/07

 -240

Ricky Hatton

05/05/07

 -190

Oscar de la Hoya

11/04/06

 -700

Carlos Baldomir

04/08/06

 -500

Zab Judah

11/19/05

 -950

Sharmba Mitchell

6/25/05

 -400

Arturo Gatti

1/22/05

 -2000

Henry Bruseles

Odds courtesy of Oddshark.

Las Vegas is synonymous with elaborate productions and internationally acclaimed spectacles.  Don’t worry too much about Rood come late Saturday night; he told me with a grin on his face that win or lose he’d have a glass of red wine at home once he finished his reports, hopefully after putting the finishing touches on a profitable night for the house.

Below is a list of prices we’ve seen listed on Floyd over his last 15 bouts.

On Wednesday I had a chance to sit down with Jay Rood, Vice President of Race and Sports for the MGM/Mirage properties and a major player in this weekend’s festivities.  With every “doomsday” scenario for the house there’s obviously an optimal result as well. MGM properties will be packed to the gills with high worth casino customers, a handful of whom are already inquiring about Rood’s appetite to accept 7 figure wagers.  Rood said he expects it to be a scene unlike any other, a “great day” for the books knowing how race and sports culture is deeply indebted to the boxing and horse racing that laid the foundation for current sports gambling trends.  It’s hard to argue with Rood’s perspective on the place boxing still occupies in the Vegas event food chain.  In this case that scenario would be Mayweather taking the fight by decision. The UFC desperately lacks the star power that used to drive betting handle and buzz when iconic figures like Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, and Tito Ortiz took to the Octagon.

MY PICK:  I’m not exactly going out on a limb here claiming Money Mayweather will keep his unblemished professional record in tact but that’s the only way to handicap this fight.  It’s not often in the current day and age, aside from the first Saturday in May, that the ponies and pugilists command sports headlines.

As for Rood where will he be watching the fight? Well probably at a combination of venues including his desk nestled back behind the big screens at Mirage or rubbing shoulders with invited guests in the various viewing parties MGM hosts on Saturday night. Estimates for money that could be wagered range from $50M on the low-end to upwards of $80M for the optimistic sorts.  Events like this bring people out that want to see the action but may not want to see the bloodshed we see inside the cage.  Rood wouldn’t classify the money coming in on the draw outcome prop as “sharp” but did say when those with deep pockets keep piling on regardless of the price any bookmaker facing 7 figure liability is forced to respond accordingly.  For those new to the gambling game, Floyd is a consensus -200 favorite (risk $2 to make $1) with Manny as a modest underdog of +170 (risk $1 to make $1.70).  Rood told me the only fight that garnered even a fraction of this attention during his tenure was the Mike Tyson against Evander Holyfield clash…the infamous bite night. Regardless it appears that the closing line on Floyd will be one of the shortest prices we’ve seen on the champ since his Cinco De Mayo bout with Oscar De La Hoya back in 2007.

As the host property for an event of this magnitude, MGM properties offer their casino customers an experience other strip resorts struggle to match;  unprecedented access to the fight and event seats on fight night most of us could only dream of occupying.  It’s an energized crowd from the moment fans roll into town seeking not only to bet the fight but plunk down money on the Derby, NBA playoffs, NHL playoffs, and regular season baseball games as well.  To put this figure in perspective, the fight could potentially generate 2/3 of the betting volume we saw on this year’s Superbowl…minus the myriad of prop bet offerings

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Hedge Fund Returning 17% on Sports Bets Moving to Europe

Galileo, which had offices in London, owed creditors more than 2 million pounds ($3 million) when Centaur folded in 2012.

“There are opportunities in sports betting for individuals but I am not sure that a fund would be able to do much damage,” Blake said.

Priomha Capital Pty Ltd, an Australian hedge fund manager that bets clients’ money on sports, plans to relocate to Gibraltar by the end of the year to double the A$5 million ($3.9 million) it has under management.

Employing a method used by individual gamblers and syndicates, Priomha looks for value by tracking sports statistics against betting odds before and during matches. Former Centaur CEO Keith Sobey couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Melbourne-based Priomha’s multisports fund returned an average of 17 percent since 2010 by betting all of the funds as often as twice a month, Chief Executive Officer Brendan Poots said in a telephone interview. The relocation will also bring tax advantages, he added.. Priomha employs three statisticians to work with traders, and bases as little as 20 percent of decision-making on “qualitative” judgment, such as the effect on a team of the injury of a key player, Poots said. Priomha uses computer models to wager on English Premier League soccer, as well as cricket, horse racing, golf and tennis.

Poots said he’s in advanced talks with Gibraltar’s Financial Services Commission about becoming a private fund, “a sort of traineeship” for 12 months, and then becoming an experienced investor fund.

Even if the fund’s model is effective, its expansion will be restricted by the volume of regulated betting in sports, according to Peter Blake, founder of Hook, England-based Bet Angel Ltd., which sells software to help individuals to wager on sports trading exchanges such as Betfair Plc.

Blake, who’s also a professional sports gambler, said it’s not possible to bet more than about 175,000 pounds on the Grand National, one of the U.K.’s biggest horse races, without distorting market prices.

Investors will have “a greater degree of comfort” after we move because hedge funds in Gibraltar are regulated more thoroughly than in Australia, according to Poots, a former cricketer who played for the U.K.’s Sussex. It hedges betting to offset potential losses.

The sports fund, which will target high net worth individuals and family offices, has expanded more cautiously than Galileo, a previous sports-gambling fund managed by Centaur Global Ltd., Poots said. Centaur overstretched itself while still working on such algorithms when it opened its sports fund in 2010, according to Poots

N.J. becoming 3rd state to offer Internet gambling

26,” Hollreiser said. The only other states with online gambling are Nevada and Delaware.

A computer screen in Atlantic City, N.J., shows a game of online poker in progress on the global partypoker.com sitenbsp;Nov. 19, 2013. One casino, the Golden Nugget Atlantic City, was left out of the test after its systems did not pass rigorous state testing.

Regulators say from 500 to several thousand people could be online at any one time during the test period. Lesniak said the foreign companies want the stamp of approval that strict New Jersey regulation would bring.

Six of the seven casinos given permits to conduct Internet gambling in New Jersey were cleared to start taking bets during the trial run starting at 6 p.m. “Testing has been going on for months. Raymond Lesniak’s bill would entice foreign betting firms to set up shop in the state – even though they could only take bets from overseas gamblers – and be subject to New Jersey’s famously tough casino regulation.

But the Golden Nugget said it hoped to be cleared to join the others later Thursday or on Friday.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.  – New Jerseyis poised to allow adults in the state to click a mouse or swipe a screen for a chance to win money, making it only the third state to offer online gambling.

“However it is now apparent that we will not have approval in place to launch on Nov. PokerStars spokesman Eric Hollreiser said the company is continuing its talks with the state Division of Gaming Enforcement.. “We remain committed to working with the division to complete the review process.”

PokerStars, the world’s largest poker website, was not cleared to participate in the test with its land-based casino partner, Resorts Casino Hotel. Chris Christie signed a measure to make internet gambling legal in order to boost state coffers and attract new patrons to Atlant…

The test period was established to determine whether sophisticated technology designed to ensure that all gamblers are in New Jersey and at least 21 years old works correctly. Sen. Thursday. Christie legalizes internet gambling in N.J.

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The payoff to New Jersey would be a 15 percent tax on their winnings, plus payments into a fund to raise $20 million a year for three years for New Jersey’s struggling horse racing industry. Gaming Enforcement Director David Rebuck said he hopes to push the system and test its capacity.

“This is a very exciting time for Atlantic City and for the gaming industry,” said Alisa Cooper, a commissioner with the New Jersey Casino Control Commission.

The casinos approved by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement collectively will offer 13 websites where customers can make real-money bets.

“I’m cautiously optimistic,” he said. AP Photo

Hours before the test was to begin, a state lawmaker unveiled a proposal to lure foreign online gambling companies to New Jersey. The test also will evaluate electronic payment technology and the integrity and functionality of the casino games.

If all goes well, Internet gambling will be available to gamblers in New Jersey starting Tuesday. I don’t think there is any online gaming anywhere in the world that is going to be monitored as closely and protect the integrity of the games and players’ money as well these will.”

The participating casinos are the Borgata Hotel Casino Spa; the Tropicana Casino and Resort; Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino; the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort; Bally’s Atlantic City and Caesars Atlantic City.

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He said all indications suggest the system should work as designed to meet strict regulation and protect players.

“With the dawn of Internet gaming, we are on the cusp of perhaps the biggest change – and challenge – since the first casino opened here,” Cooper said.

A five-day trial period of Internet gambling begins Thursday night when players invited by casinos to test their systems make real-money bets online.

Online betting will mark the biggest expansion of gambling in New Jersey since casino gambling began in 1978.

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Two Gamblers Beat Tropicana Casino at Its Own Games, Winning $11 Million Total

If someone wants to take the shot, we’ll take the action.”. Card counting can turn the edge against the casino, which is why management bans card counters when they’re caught.”

The 49-year-old resident of Bensalem, Pa., said in the same interview that he began playing blackjack 15 years ago, starting with $25 bets. Between December and April, Johnson, playing single blackjack hands of up to $100,000, reportedly walked away from Atlantic City’s tables with a cool $15 million.

Richard speculates that Johnson may have figured out a way deliberately to randomize certain aspects of his play, thereby avoiding detection by casino systems designed to recognize and root out counters. Today he’s a professional gambler of sorts: chief executive officer of Heritage Development LLC, which develops computer-assisted wagering systems for horseracing. “Casinos monitor every aspect of play, 24/7, using cameras in the ceiling. In what may turn out to be an unfortunate choice of phrase, he told a reporter for The Press of Atlantic City, “I don’t wear Kevlar. When he knows the advantage has shifted to the house, he bets lower. They look for certain clues that tell them here’s a player exhibiting counting-like behavior, somebody who needs closer scrutiny–players exhibiting a large variation in bet size, for instance.”

Henry Tamburin, author of “Blackjack: Take the Money and Run” and editor of Black Jack Insider Newsletter, doesn’t rule out the possibility Johnson’s winnings could have been the result of “sheer luck.”

From the Tropicana he took $6 million; from the Borgata, $5 million. Though he refuses to divulge the system he uses, it depends in part on his having a big enough bankroll to sustain losses and keep right on going. Alan, a professional gambler who asks that his last name not be used, adds, “Even under normal circumstances, the house’s edge is small against a knowledgeable player. How’d he do it? Was it divine intervention, card-counting or an epic run of good luck?

Johnson isn’t saying. Caesar’s he let off easy, taking only $4 million. Not only do you change the amount of your bets, you change your playing strategy: When you know it’s to your advantage, you hit a hand you’d otherwise have decided to stand on.”

Johnson, who was unavailable for this story, might have figured out a way to count without seeming to count–by deliberately making bad plays, for example, but in such a way as to minimize the cost to himself.

And that’s exactly what Don Johnson, a gambler from Bensalem, Pa., did at Tropicana and other Atlantic City casinos. “We have a strategy of offering the most aggressive and highest table games limits in the Atlantic City market and we’re not going to change that. “If you can take the swings,” he told the Atlantic City paper, “You’re going to win. A second gambler in the span of about two months has won over $5 million from the casino.

Johnson insists that he’s no cheater: that all his Atlantic City winnings came to him fair and square. He admits to having had to take some losses along the way. It’s a constant cat-and-mouse game. I’m not bulletproof.”

An unidentified man last week walked away with $5.3 million after playing blackjack, craps, and mini-baccarat, and reportedly left a $150,000 tip that was split among the table dealers that night.

By that he likely means card-counting, which is not illegal: A blackjack player with a trained memory and enough acuity can keep track of which cards have been played and which are still in the deck, thereby maximizing his chances for beating the house.

“That’s just how it goes sometimes; if you bet more, you can win more,” Tony Rodio, Tropicana’s president and CEO, told the Associated Press. You also have to understand the math.”

Explains Richard, a former card counter who today works on Wall Street (and who asks that his last name not be used), “As the composition of the cards in the deck fluctuates, the player’s advantage fluctuates. His prowess in blackjack, he says, has gotten him banned from some casinos.

The odds just became more odd at Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. The size of the edge depends on the variation of the game that’s being played, but it can get down to less than 1 percent. When he knows he has the advantage, he bets higher

Luis Figo competira contra Blatter por presidencia de FIFA

Le hablo a mucha gente del fútbol, a jugadores, a técnicos y a presidentes de asociaciones, mucha gente que me ha dicho que hay que hacer algo”, expresó Figo.

Van Praag dice que también cuenta con cinco nominaciones pero, al igual que Figo, no ha dicho qué asociaciones lo respaldan.

Figo también cobra por hacer publicidad para una firma de apuestas, Dafabet, de Asia.

El hecho de que ambos se presenten podría reflejar diferencias dentro de la UEFA, que oficialmente es la única asociación continental opuesta a Blatter.

El presidente de la UEFA Michel Platini decidió en agosto pasado no postularse.

GINEBRA, Suiza (AP) — Luis Figo dice que es el hombre que puede destronar a Joseph Blatter y que cuenta con las nominaciones necesarias para presentar su candidatura para la presidencia de la FIFA.

El plazo para presentar candidaturas acompañadas de las nominaciones de cinco de las 209 asociaciones afiliadas a la FIFA se vence a las 2300 GMT del jueves.

No está claro si Figo y Ginola pasarán los exámenes de integridad que hace el comité de ética de la FIFA.

Al margen de los escándalos, el dirigente suizo ha estado al frente de una operación que ha tenido un éxito comercial fenomenal a partir de la Copa Mundial, con reservas en efectivo de 1.500 millones de dólares y que reparte cada vez más dinero entre las federaciones nacionales, las cuales no han mostrado mucha voluntad de cambio.

Van Praag, quien criticó abiertamente a Blatter a lo largo del año pasado, dijo el lunes que se postulaba porque no había surgido ninguna otra “candidatura con credibilidad”.

El portugués, quien fue elegido el mejor jugador del año en el 2001, lanzó su campaña una hora antes que el presidente de la federación de Holanda Michael van Praag realizase una conferencia de prensa para explicar su candidatura.

El exjugador de Real Madrid y Barcelona anunció el lanzamiento de su candidatura el miércoles, en coincidencia con la transmisión de una entrevista con CNN.

Se espera que el presidente de la comisión que supervisa las elecciones, Domenico Scala, publique la lista final de candidatos antes de mediados de febrero.

Blatter es amplio favorito para ganar un quinto mandato en la votación del 29 de mayo a pesar de una serie de escándalos por denuncias de corrupción y malos manejos financieros que han involucrado a varios miembros del comité ejecutivo de la FIFA.

Otros posibles candidatos son el ex dirigente de la FIFA Jerome Champagne –viejo aliado de Blatter y el único que ha ofrecido un programa detallado– y el ex jugador francés David Ginola, quien se postula en nombre de una agencia de apuestas que le paga para que lo haga.

Su portavoz Pedro Pinto se mostró el miércoles complacido con el anuncio de Figo.

Platini había apoyado también la candidatura de otro vicepresidente de la FIFA como él, el príncipe jordano Ali bin al-Hussein.

Blatter dirige la FIFA desde 1998 y lleva 40 años trabajando para el organismo.

Blatter necesitaría dos tercios de los votos para ganar en la primera ronda de una votación secreta entre los 209 miembros de la FIFA en Zúrich, o una mayoría simple en la segunda.

“Veo la reputación de la FIFA en estos momento y no me gusta lo que veo.

“Candidatos con credibilidad y nuevas ideas generarán un debate abierto en la campaña”, dijo Pinto en un comunicado. El fútbol se merece algo mejor”, dijo Figo, de 42 años, en un comunicado. “El fútbol me ha dado mucho y ahora quiero devolverle algo”.

Figo fue embajador de la UEFA en la final de la Liga de Campeones en Lisboa el año pasado y van Praag es miembro del comité ejecutivo de la UEFA.. “Es bueno para la FIFA y es bueno para el fútbol que haya candidatos válidos, con amplia experiencia en el deporte, de distintas partes del mundo”.

El código de ética del organismo dice que los dirigentes tienen “prohibido participar, directa o indirectamente, o tener algún tipo de asociación con apuestas, juegos de azar, loterías y otras actividades o transacciones relacionadas con los partidos de fútbol”.

“He visto deteriorarse la imagen de la FIFA

An incredible journey – CNN iReport Blog

But one highlight of his trip took him by complete surprise: his visit to the Louisiana State Penitentiary, surrounded on all sides by the mighty Mississippi. Click here for more of CNN’s special coverage of his journey, and watch for him on this month’s edition of “iReport for CNN” on CNN International.

“It was sort of life-changing to go in there and to meet people who are in prison like this who are stepping up and accomplishing something through communication,” he said.

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Regardless of where he went, Moore left feeling more positive about his home country than ever before. for one of the biggest journeys of his life: a four-and-a-half month canoe trip down the Mississippi River from Lake Itasca, Minnesota to New Orleans, Louisiana, on a mission to iReport the positive stories he found along the way. He was impressed by what he saw as the prisoners’ efforts at true rehabilitation.. “From the top of the river down, I would find communities who are rallying around a central cause or theme, putting their best foot forward,” he told me, “whether it be Mark Twain, literacy, or fighting cancer.”

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Being a Mark Twain fan, he said he will never forget having the rare opportunity to spend the night in Twain’s boyhood home. Fresh from this extraordinary trip, Moore had a lot to tell us about this uplifting experience.

Moore will never forget this trip, and we will never forget meeting him. Team iReport had a very special visitor last Wednesday: globe-trotting iReporter Neal Moore. He has lived in Taiwan, South Africa, Namibia and Thailand, among other places, but this time he came back to the U.S

Is There A Need For A Non Ecclesiastical Translation – Absolutely! by John M Bland

They consistently translated the word diakonos “minister” when referring to a worker of the congregation except when it came to Phoebe, and then they translated it “servant” (Romans 16:1-2). If fact, it is well known that most actually use the term “Christ” as Jesus’ last name, causing them to miss the deeper meaning that is put forth by the correct translation “anointed.”

Is There A Need For A Non Ecclesiastical Translation – Absolutely!

 by: John M Bland

And yet the word peitho, rendered “obey” by the KJV in the Hebrews text under discussion, NEVER implies unwilling obedience and is never used in regard to obedience to congregational leaders.

“I am convinced that the King James Translators, laboring under an ‘institutional church’ mentality, selected the strongest words possible which conveyed the idea that the people must submit to the authority of the Clergy. The word translated “Bishop” is episkopos. It would be correct to translate it “serve” and its derivatives every time.

“This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the office of a Bishop, he desires a good work. The Kings James Version renders it thus:

Besides, “angel” held a strong connection with the human psyche then and now because of the images it conjures up in the mind. However, Instead of translating angelos into the English word messenger the KJV scholars transliterated it angel.

The second is an error in translation. It is translated 5 times “obey,” but only in Hebrews 13:17, 21, does it refer to obedience to another person (See Acts 5:36,37; Romans 2:8; Galatians 3:1; James 3:3). A Bishop then must be blameless…”. However, if you were actually interest in learning while you study, you would have been forced into digging deeper into the biblical significance of the word “anointed.”

For an example of transliteration you can examine the Greek word “angelos.” Angelos correctly translated would render messenger, every time. The first is adding a word to the text that doesn’t appear in the Greek, i.e. This word is taken from the Latin translation of the Greek word diakonos meaning “servant,” or properly “table servant.” The word group is translated 38 times “minister” by the KJV. All the information can be found at http://biblemaverick.com/Frank.html.

Another prominent bias that was handed down and instilled in the mind of countless churchmen was the unbiblical limiting of women’s role in the churches. Countless others could have been noted but it was not the purpose in this article to detail all translator biases that have adversely effected generations of Bible students but to point out the reasons why a non-ecclesiastical rendition of the New Testament is due.

In other words, if these companies expected to sell their versions, they were forced to keep much of the KJV vernacular and many obvious transliterations.

An even more telling example of transliteration found in the KJV and those that followed is the Greek word “christos.” Instead of translating christos into “anointed” which is the exact rendering and carried a profound meaning to the Jewish culture in which Jesus appeared, the KJV transliterated it and capitalized it Christ.

The translators, under the king’s injunction to keep the main terms of the Church of England’s ecclesiastical form, make two main errors. For an example, hupakouo, is usually translated obey in Matthew 8:27,…”the winds and the sea obey him.”

The King James translators, as previously mentioned, were well acquainted with “ministers” within the Church of England hierarchy. There is neither a word in the text for office NOR the idea of office outside their own paradigm.

As we know from experience, “minister” is a word that has become a title. There are several words in the Greek language for “obey”, but the one translated “obey” in Hebrews 13:17, is NOT one of them. This denomination had its own sordid history of persecuting and torturing heretics (those who disagreed with the “powers that be”). It is translated “serve”, “servant”, and “service” 21 times. Don’t you think it just a little strange that it is translated “obey” when speaking of “leadership” in this place?

Another scripture that is a blatant example of ecclesiastical bias is found in 1 Timothy 3:1-2. The word messenger simply doesn’t stir the same imagination and emotion in the human heart.

Well praise God; there is such a translation now on the market. “office”. One example among many should suffice here.

Vine defines it thus: “EPISKOPOS, lit., an overseer (epi, over, skopeo, to look or watch), whence Eng. They were members of the Church of England. The Kings James Version proved to be so popular that other versions that came along afterwards were forced into using much of the same vernacular in order to be economically viable.

Some of you may be saying to yourself, big deal. In this way King James could control the people through the Church, of which he was Supreme Ruler.”

You might ask yourself why would they do such a thing in the first place? Only God knows for sure but one safe bet would be that the term was already in common use when the manuscripts were translated.

As if this wasn’t compromising enough, they had no personal experience of any other form than sacerdotal hierarchy. The word means to “oversee”, to “tend”.

Peitho, the word translated “obey” in Hebrews 13:17, is translated 23 times “persuade”, 10 times “trust”, and one time “agree”. You have a multitude of paintings of angels in many different situations — the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is just one example. They were also under certain strictures of the King of England.

These example are just an hint of ecclesiastical biases included in the KJV New Testament that definitely effects the students beliefs and practices. The answer is a definitive — YES!

There are many reasons but I will give you the best reason first. It is translated “ministry” 16 times, “ministering” 3 times, and “ministration” 6 times. “bishop”…” The passage in 1st Timothy actually reads, “If a man wants to oversee, he desires a good work.”

In spite of the title of this article, you are still probably asking yourself if the English-speaking world really needs another New Testament translation. I will only mention one example here in this article.

John

“Obey them that have the rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch for your souls, as those who must give account, let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable to you.”

In reality, the KJV has many more significant biases than those caused by the transliteration of certain words. The Bible student must keep in mind that scholars with a very definite ecclesiastical paradigm translated the KJV. Are you surprised? By the way, Phoebe is the only person in the entire New Testament who is referred to as a diakonos of a specific church and yet the KJV translators and most others that have followed suit purposefully dilute her “position”.

If you want to read more on the subject you can view my theses, “Men Who Would Be Kings” at http://biblemaverick.com/articles.html

In Hebrews 13:17 the verse states.

One reformer wrote,

It is available in both PDF and hard copy and a preview is provided before purchase so that you can examine it for yourself. Because of this, they translated scriptures that had to do with leadership and “followship” in the strongest English terms. He spent more than 10 years researching, compiling and revising his translation and used only the earliest manuscripts.

This error – and make no mistake it was an error even though the scholars knew better – has caused obvious interpretational difficulties to the reader. In fact, it is called “A Non-Ecclesiastical New Testament.” The author is a self-taught Greek scholar with a PhD in math from the University of Florida

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