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God's Secretaries by Adam Nicolson
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Mar 09, 2009

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Disclaimer: as a Catholic (and not a very good one, at that), I am not at particularly familiar with the KJV, except through passages I come across in other books. The author kind of assumes that this is the Bible everyone grew up with, which is not the case for me.

Nicolson presents a fascinating look at the social and political milieu in which the King James Bible was translated. It is more a biography of the translators than an investigation into the translation itself. I liked reading about all the major players, but didn't really get enough of the Bible text to agree with Nicolson's fawning all over the superiority of the King James translation. Towards the end, he would occasionally compare verses from several different translations, or look at how a particular verse was revised and evolved, and that was the meat of the matter to me. I was disappointed that there wasn't more of that type of analysis.

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