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God's Secretaries by Adam Nicolson
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Aug 07, 08

Read in January, 2003

I found this book fascinating. I have always loved the Bible and have read it since I was young. I also love language and often feel disappointed when I read newer translations that render the Bible into modern speech. So, the KJV is important to me and I liked learning about the men who helped create it. I think they relied on poor translations but used beautiful language. I was surprised to find how political the process of chooseing that language was. Politics rather than truth was the highest authority. I wouldn't call these men God's secretaries, but the crown's. (Of course, since JAMES appears on the dedication page in much bigger type than Jesus Christ, maybe there was some confusion on that subject.) Many reviewers seemed disappointed that this book was about the secretaries and not so much their work. I thought Bart Ehrman's book "Misquoting Jesus : the story behind who changed the Bible and why," gave an interesting account of how the Bible was actually compiled.
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