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God's Secretaries by Adam Nicolson
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Mar 18, 09

Read in March, 2009

Not really a book about the translation process or even the making of the KJV. Instead the book deals more with the period and the tensions between the Puritans and the establishment church.

While some comparisons are made between the translations made for the KJV with other translations to demonstrate how much more "rich", poetic and fraught with meaning the KJV translation is, I thought some of the claims exaggerated. In the absence of any evidence that the translators did intend all the various double and triple meanings the author read into the translated passages, I am skeptical of the claims made.

But while it was interesting read, it suffered, in my opinion, from the fact that it hardly dealt with the translation process at all, which, given the title of the book, is somewhat disappointing.
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