By David Norton
David Norton has lately re-edited the King James Bible for Cambridge collage and this publication arises from his in depth paintings on that venture. He finds the following how the textual content of an important Bible within the English language was once made, and the way it was once replaced via printers and editors till it turned the textual content we all know at the present time in 1769. utilizing fabric as varied because the manuscripts of the unique translators, and the result of vast laptop collation of electronically held texts, Norton has produced a scholarly variation of the King James Bible that would restoration the authority of the 1611 translation. This publication comprises the bible's attention-grabbing historical past, Norton's editorial ideas and giant lists and tables of version readings. it is going to be critical to students of the English Bible, literature, and publishing historical past. an internet site with extra assets (www.cambridge.org/kjv) can be to be had one month sooner than booklet.
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MS 98 and modern KJBs 1611 Date restored Rom. 7:13 Rom. 14:6 1 Cor. 7:32 1 Cor. 12:28 1 Cor. 13:2 1 Cor. 15:6 2 Cor. 11:32 1 Tim. 1:4 2 Tim. 2:19 James 5:2 1 Pet. 2:1 Jude 25 Was then that He that regardeth the day things that belong helps, governments have not charity After that the city of the Damascenes godly edifying this seal your garments are motheaten all evil speakings both now and ever Was that then He that regardeth a day things that belongeth helpes in gouerm¯etes haue no charitie And that the citie edifying the seal your garments motheaten euill speakings now and euer 1612 1629 1612 1629 1762 1616 1629 1638 1617 1638 1629 1638 To take errors first: MS 98 has ‘of the Damascenes’ at 2 Cor.
Rather, it suggests possibilities: either the translators made a change and then unmade it, or they failed to notice a change that they had made in preparing the final copy, or the scribe copied incorrectly or the printer set the text incorrectly. There may have been an error of transmission, but 1611’s reading has to be taken as the translators’ preference. The spelling of names is a slightly different matter from readings. It sits uneasily between matters of scholarship and conventions of spelling.
It worked over these in small groups in 1609 and 1610, producing as final copy a heavily annotated and interleaved Bishops’ Bible. John Bois’s notes give a glimpse of the work done in 1610. In 1610 and 1611, two men worked over the whole text in co-operation with the printer, establishing the KJB as first printed in 1611. Whatever manuscripts there might have been, this, with the second printing, effectively became the master copy of the KJB. 2 Pre-1611 evidence for the text Introduction There are two main kinds of pre-1611 evidence for the text of the KJB: the sources, and the written or printed versions directly, physically involved in the making of the translation.
A Textual History of the King James Bible by David Norton