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By David Norton

David Norton has lately re-edited the King James Bible for Cambridge collage and this ebook arises from his in depth paintings on that undertaking. He unearths the following how the textual content of an important Bible within the English language used to be made, and the way it used to be replaced through printers and editors until eventually it grew to become the textual content we all know this present day in 1769. utilizing fabric as assorted because the manuscripts of the unique translators, and the result of wide laptop collation of electronically held texts, Norton has produced a scholarly version of the King James Bible that may restoration the authority of the 1611 translation. This booklet contains the bible's attention-grabbing history, Norton's editorial rules and sizeable lists and tables of version readings. will probably be imperative to students of the English Bible, literature, and publishing heritage. an internet site with extra assets (www.cambridge.org/kjv) could be to be had one month ahead of ebook.

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Some examples will prove the point. In the original Bishops’ Bible the Hebrew name @Ø ol). 8 It is worthwhile speculating what caused this variety. 1568’s ‘Aialon’ has the merit of being consistent but is incorrect because the yod (the i or j in the English) is doubled. This was realised by one of Barker’s scholars, who made the correction on the five occasions when he noticed the problem; moreover, he did it in two indifferent ways, four times with double i, once with ij (unless this is a printer’s variation).

Without MS 98 we might have guessed that 1611’s reading was deliberate. It restores an older reading, Tyndale’s; this looks like choice, not accident. The result is that ‘acceptable and perfect’ appears as an elaboration of what is meant by ‘good’. MS 98 confirms that the rejection of the literal reading is deliberate, and locates the change in the first period of revision. Here the translators placed other considerations ahead of word-for-word fidelity. In each of these cases later editors have decided 1611 was wrong and have restored the old readings.

In some parts the annotations have been marked, in a different hand, with the letters g, t and j, identifying where the annotated change follows Geneva or Tremellius’s Latin Bible or Jerome’s Vulgate (so identified by Willoughby, p. 21). These markings could come from a curious later scholar, or they may represent some interest among the translators themselves in keeping a track of their sources. Whoever made the effort, it was partial and imprecise: not all the places marked g coincide with Geneva.

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