Was William Shakespeare utilized in the writing of the King James Bible?
September 26, 2011Print this article
Was William Shakespeare utilized in the writing of the King James Bible? — Nancy Tyndall
The King James Bible was the work of 50-odd scholars grouped in six teams, two from Westminster, two from Cambridge and two from Oxford.
The text of the Bible was divided into six sections and at each location one team translated a portion of the Hebrew text of the Old Testament, the other, a portion of the Greek text of the New Testament and the Apocrypha.
The names of the translators are preserved in four contemporary manuscript lists. While there is no complete agreement between the four documents, none of them includes Shakespeare's name.
A fascinating account of the translators' work can be found in Adam Nicolson's book God's Secretaries (New York: HarperCollins, 2003).
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