This year I am setting out to read the Bible in the order in which it is believed it was actually written in order to see if it feels different.Eric Morecambeis one of my comedy heroes and I just love the famous sketch with Andre Previn when Morecambe makes a hash of playing Greig’s Piano Concerto and is chastised by the LSO’s Principal Conductor for his playing. Previn tells Morecambe “You’re playing all the wrong notes”, and Morecambe famously grabs the conductor by his lapels and stares into his eyes whilst uttering the now immortal words “I am playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order.”it’s a little like that with the Bible. We have a collection of 66 books of history, poetry, allegory, prophesy,teaching, visions and narrative story that make up this canon of scripture we hold so dear, but what we have has altered down the years as a result of pagan influence in Greek translation and the influence of Jerome and Pope Damases amongst others. The condition of our present Bible is the result of deliberate alteration by people with special interests and we have lost both the number of order of the writings of the original scriptures. You don”t often see the Bible published with the books in their original order because over the years we have just got used to things the way they are and it would be confusing for millions of people to go changing things around from now on. You see, we have got most of the right books, but not necessarily in the right order- our very own Eric Morecambe Bible. Does it matter? Morecambe didn’t play the piano concerto the way Previn wanted but by the end of the sketch Previn gave up and played it the Morecambe way- whatever the order of the notes Eric was still effective and so it is with the Bible- it’s God inspired if a little mixed up, and like Eric it’s a work of inspired genius that is timeless and will live in our hearts and minds forever.
To view The Morecambe and Wise sketch in all its glory see :