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 venture. He finds the following how the textual content of crucial Bible within the English language used to be made, and the way it was once replaced through printers and editors till it grew to become the textual content we all know this present day in 1769. utilizing fabric as different because the manuscripts of the unique translators, and the result of huge computing device collation of electronically held texts, Norton has produced a scholarly version of the King James Bible that may fix the authority of the 1611 translation. This ebook comprises the bible's interesting historical past, Norton's editorial ideas and large lists and tables of variation readings. it is going to be critical to students of the English Bible, literature, and publishing background. an internet site with extra assets (www.cambridge.org/kjv) might be on hand one month sooner than booklet.
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This idea has the further attraction in that it would help to account for puzzling features of Bois’s notes. Bois’s notes are remarkably incomplete if the general meeting involved all who attended it in working through the entire text and, in so doing, making at a minimum one sixth but possibly as much as a half of the textual changes that were still to be made. 30 28 29 30 That Bois and Downes went from Cambridge to the general meeting is confirmed by Bois’s references to Downes in his notes. However, it cannot be taken as confirmation of how many people attended the meeting, since Bois and Downes could have gone either as representatives of the Apocrypha group or of the Cambridge translators at large.
One might take the translators’ insertion of an ‘s’ at the beginning of ‘hewed’ as an example of ingenious fidelity to the first rule given to the translators, to alter the Bishops’ Bible ‘as little . . as the truth of the original will permit’. There are not enough such examples to show that such minimalist revision was something the translators deliberately strove for (especially when set against the constant examples, especially in the OT and Apocrypha, of substantial rewriting), but another of these minimalist revisions ushers in a group of revisions that is very important for revealing the kinds of decisions editors have made and must now make in the light of Bod 1602.
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. One that MS 98 sheds light on is useful here, both for introducing the difficulties involved and for showing more of MS 98’s status as evidence for the text. MS 98 shows that the translators originally decided to follow the Greek spelling, %pollÛv, ‘Apollos’, exactly in 1 Corinthians; then, as the printed text shows, they changed their mind and used ‘Apollo’ seven times and ‘Apollos’ three 33 34 A Textual History of the King James Bible (Acts 18:24; 1 Cor.