The Bible According to Huckabee: Can you spot the error?

Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has a new book coming out on Tuesday, Nov. 18. In it, he criticizes several Christian Right heavyweights, Time Magazine reports. (Click here to read the story.)

But there’s an error of Biblical proportions in the story. See if you can spot it:

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!’ ”

Here’s the mistake. In the Bible, 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.

Updated: November 17, 2008 — 4:44 pm


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  1. Seems like it’s a direct quote to me also. Perhaps Mr. Huckabee just wants his opponents to wash 7 times in the River Jordan. We have a Jordan River here in Utah, but it’s rather dirty! Not sure anyone would get clean, but it would make for a shorter trip…

    Perhaps there was an overzealous editor who thought he knew his Bible better than he actually did and made the change. I can’t believe Huckabee wouldn’t know that story and who the prophet was who confronted David…..or can I….? ;-)

  2. I’m not very good with names either, but I think it was Nathan, not Naaman, who confronted King David over volunteering Uriah for a suicide mission, to open up access for a frontal assault on Bathsheba.

  3. Hey, give the guy a break. Nathan, Naaman, they both begin and end with N. This is kind of a strange error for a fundamentalist to make: They usually don’t know much about the New Testament, but they usually have the Old Testament down pat.

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