Shakespeare Penned KJV????

Discussion in '2004 Archive' started by Shammai, Sep 10, 2004.

  1. Shammai

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    I do not believe this is true, but once I read it, well... I had to check it out:

    Now my reply: You omit Selah to get spear, but have to include Selah to I + am. While I think this is a delightful rumor, I don't buy into this. This "proof" that he worked on the translation is a stretch to believe and I think it is a happy coincidence of the English translation.

    Shakespeare was a prolific writer, for him to single-handedly do this translation would be enormous. Could William Shakespeare have penned this psalm or some of the Bible, - possibly. Shakespeare frequently invented English words from Latin, but I don't know that he was versed in Greek or Hebrew.
     
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    Shammai, I don't buy it. I don't believe he was versed in either of the languages. Though his work is powerful and his use of words is great, I just can't see him doing it. Don't know how others feel, but that's my opinion on the subject.

    AVL1984 ;)
     
  3. Michael52

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    I don't buy it either.
    I've seen this before, from probably a different source. The writer used this, among other things, to blast the KJV and its translators. He said the translators and Will S. were big buddies and they did it to honor him.

    I looked in the KJV and there it was just like the man said. I thought, "how weird". I then looked in the NASB and ESV. Except for the word counts which may or may not have been a little off, the NASB and ESV have the same words.

    You guess they are in on it to? ;)
     
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    shammai: 'While I think this is a delightful rumor, I don't buy into this. This "proof" that he worked on the translation is a stretch to believe and I think it is a happy coincidence of the English translation.'

    Sort of like Tolkien being one of the translators of Job in the Jerusalem Bible. Except that he was.

    "Canst thou draw out a Nazgul with a hook?" (Hebrew "Leviathan" = untranslated, but secretly meaning "Nazgul," with the description in context very pertinent to this particular identification). Now if I can only figure out those equidistant letter combinations to find "Frodo" and "Bilbo" intersecting "Hobbits". [​IMG]
     
  5. Dr. Bob

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    Someone did this 30+ years ago when I was in Bible College and all I figured then was THEY HAVE TOO MUCH TIME ON THEIR HANDS!

    And that was before personal computers . . :rolleyes:

    It proves nothing, but is funny.
     

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