God’s Secretaries : The Making of the King James Bible

Adam Nicolson
January 12, 2019
★★★★ (+6.10%) 🛈

What’s interesting about this book is that there’s just very little information about the actual process of creating the King James Bible. Not much of the historical record of the actual translation process remains.

So, what the book does is concentrate on the societal, political, and religious environment of the times, which is pretty interesting. Some random trivia:

Towards the end, the author compares some versions of the Bible and notes that the KJV was very emotional and majestic, much more than other versions. And there’s an appendix which covers previous translation efforts, which is interesting. You learn about Tyndale and Wycliffe – men whose names continue on in Bible publishing companies today.

Additionally, the book spends quite a bit of time on the cast of characters that made up the translators. There were six “companies”, totaling about 50 translators. Some of these guys (they were all men) have fascinating back stories. Many of them are not of the moral character you would normally associate with a Bible translator.

Overall, an interesting book.

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