Earliest Known Draft of King James Bible Is Found – The New York Times

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This item was mentioned yesterday on Challies.com and I find it worth mentioning here as well. An excellent archive find with significant historical significance, this little KJV draft notebook looks to be a real treasure.

Below is part of the news story as carried by the NY Times. Find the full story at the link below.

The King James Bible is the most widely read work in English literature, a masterpiece of translation whose stately cadences and transcendent phrases have long been seen, even by secular readers, as having emerged from a kind of collective divine inspiration.

But now, in an unassuming notebook held in an archive at the University of Cambridge, an American scholar has found what he says is an important new clue to the earthly processes behind that masterpiece: the earliest known draft, and the only one definitively written in the hand of one of the roughly four dozen translators who worked on it.

A bit further in the article these two KJV scholars are referenced:

David Norton, an emeritus professor at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand and the author of several books about the King James Bible, called it “a major discovery” — if not quite equal to finding a draft of one of Shakespeare’s plays, “getting on up there.”

Gordon Campbell, a fellow in Renaissance studies at the University of Leicester and a consultant for the planned Museum of the Bible in Washington, said the new manuscript shed fresh light on how the King James translators actually did their work, as opposed to how they had been told to do it.

Studying the creation of the King James Bible “is like working with a jigsaw puzzle where 90 percent of the pieces are missing,” Mr. Campbell said. “You can arrange the surviving pieces as you wish, but then you find something new and you realize you put it together the wrong way.”

Source: Earliest Known Draft of King James Bible Is Found, Scholar Says – The New York Times

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  1. Knew it was out there somewhere! PTL!

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