You're more likely to see a beard in the pulpit today than at any time since the 1800s. But beards‚ÄĒespecially among clergy‚ÄĒwere once serious, symbolic matters. They separated East from West during the Great Schism, priests from laity during the Middle Ages, and Protestants from Catholics during the Reformation. Some church leaders required them; others banned them. To medieval theologians, they represented both holiness and sin. But historian Giles Constable says that rules on beards sound more forceful than they really were. Clergy (especially powerful ones) were likely to follow fashion in their day, too....
Revelation of John 22:18 *I* testify to every one who hears the words of the prophecy of this book, If any one shall add to these things, God shall add to him the plagues which are written in this book.--Darby Version
The Catholics like Erasmus added man's ideas to the Scripture. Modern translations just restored scriptures to what they were from God
Don't forget how the Catholic Erasmus added to the Scripture.
Jim Lincoln wrote: it's the Romish types that have added material into the Bible. See How We Got Our Bible
Ah but Jim, don't forget it is the modern version editors, such as Westcott and Hort, that have "taken away" from Scripture.
Rev 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. KJV
It was an interesting article. Oh, Ofyle, you mean the Apocrypha? Considering the Jews who knew what should be in the Old Testaments, the orthodox one wore/and wear beards know it is false, it's the Romish types that have added material into the Bible. See, How We Got Our Bible
"March 5, 1864 Punch runs a series of caricatures of the different kinds of Anglican clergy beards in the UK, noting that they're not found among Catholics or dissenting Christians (like Baptists and Congregationalists)."
Typical the Baptists and Catholics don't have beards. No wonder they cut bits out of the Old Testament.