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language: King James Bible

The King James Bible, which was first published 400 years ago next month, may be the single best thing ever accomplished by a committee. The Bible was the work of 54 scholars and clergymen who met over seven years in six nine-man subcommittees, called “companies.” In a preface to the new Bible, Miles Smith, one of the translators and a man so impatient that he once walked out of a boring sermon and went to the pub, wrote that anything new inevitably “endured many a storm of gainsaying, or opposition.” So there must have been disputes — shouting; table pounding; high-ruffed, black-gowned clergymen folding their arms and stomping out of the room — but there is no record of them.

Nice brief article on how KJB came to be written, with some interesting bits on language choice (yeah verily was already out of date and deliberately chosen because of that). Also mentioned is the choice of dramatic use of repetition and pause, but not that this is in accurate imitation of the Hebrew.

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