Monday, July 18, 2011

William Shakespeare: His role as a King James Bible translator

From The Washington Times-

It would seem unlikely that a man who wrote Romeo and Juliet, Measure for measure, Twelfth Night, King Lear, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Othello, and Richard II would be ignored by the translation committee to participate in the translation of the King’s Bible.

He was at the apex of his writing acumen in 1604 when the KJV was initiated.

An interesting story involving Shakespeare (1564-1616) as a possible translator of Psalm 46 has become a part of historical lore.

If you count in the KJV 46 words from the beginning, you arrive at the word shake in the phrase, “the mountains shake.” If you count 46 words from the end backwards you arrive at the word speare” in the phrase, “cutteth the speare in sunder.”

Shakespeare was baptized in 1564 (birth date unknown) this would make him about 46 years old, if baptized as an infant, when the KJV was published. Does this invite the imagination to surmise that William Shakespeare the greatest writer in English literature translated some of the Psalms?

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