KJV translators bound to this authority

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  1. Logos1560

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    All the translators of the KJV were members of the Church of England. The earthly head of the Church of England of that day was King James I. Under King James I, the authority over the KJV translators was Archbishop Richard Bancroft.

    In their preface to the 1611, the KJV translators referred to Archbishop Bancroft as the "chief overseer and task-master under his Majesty, to whom were not only we, but also our whole Church, much bound."

    Since the KJV translators stated that they were bound to the authority of Archbishop Bancroft, is it possible that he had any influence on the translating of the KJV?
    Was Archbishop Bancroft sound in his doctrinal views and his practice of them?
     
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    Yes he did.

    For one thing via the King's 15 Rules of Translation.

    http://www.av1611.org/kjv/kjvhist.html

    We shouldn't forget in our opposition to KJVOism that the King James Version of the Bible (1769 Oxford Edition for instance) will stand as a literary masterpiece in the history of the English language through out the earthly ages though it may have (as its own translators called them) "blemishes".

    Not a few of which were the result of influences of the Anglo-Catholic Church of England and its romish bishops but also the King's disdain of Puritans and Anabaptists and his hatred of the Geneva Bible.

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    I understand that Bancroft actually made the rules for the translators and asked KJ to approve them, which he did.
     
  4. Dr. Bob

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    Amen. It always bothers me when people assume that my relentless attack on the "only" sect means I have no love or use for the KJV.

    The wife and I did a "memory-verse-a-thon", shooting back and forth throughout scripture. Hundreds of verses, all from the 1769 KJV, hidden in our hearts. What beauty of language!
     
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    Absolutely! My thoughts exactly. One should not confuse my defending the KJV against false doctrines (which I do out of love and respect for the KJV) with me being against the KJV.
     
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    Alexander McClure noted that Archbishop Bancroft "was the ruling spirit in that infamous tribunal, the High Commission Court, a sourt of British Inquisition" (KJV TRANSLATORS REVIVED, p. 217). Fuller described Bancroft as "the soul of the high commission" (WORTHIES OF ENGLAND, p. 301). Hill maintained that Bancroft used the High Commission Court "as a coercive instrument to enforce uniformity" (SOCIETY AND PURITANISM, p. 349).

    John Brown stated that this Court's "methods of investigation were described as worthy only of the Spanish Inquisition" (ENGLISH PURITANS, p. 76). Daniel Neal also observed that this Court's
    methods "were almost equal to the Spanish Inquisition" with its "long imprisonments of ministers without bail or bringing them to trial" (HISTORY OF THE PURITANS, p. xi).
     
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    Dr. Bob, I never really consider what you say as an attack on the KJV because of where I stand on it. I use several other versions, though the KJV is the Bible of preference for me. But, as you have seen, I don't just let the Onlies untruly attack the MV's. They are just as much the Word as the KJV.
     
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    Several sources have pointed out that Miles
    Smith, KJV translator and one of the final editors of the KJV along with Thomas Bilson,
    noted that after they finished the editing,
    Archbishop Richard Bancroft made 14 changes
    in the text.

    Did the KJV translators make 14 errors that
    needed to be corrected by Archbishop Bancroft or
    were Bancroft's changes not approved by the KJV translators themselves possibly errors?
     

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