An Interesting Quotation

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    bookslover Puritan Board Professor

    "The great exception to the contempt in which 'literature by committee' is usually held is the King James Bible, a thoroughly bureaucratic undertaking fulfilled by a largely forgotten staff of dozens. Given their marching orders by the king in 1604, the translators were divided into six 'companies,' among them the Second Oxford Company which had, perhaps, the most crucial assignment of all: the Gospels, as well as the Acts of the Apostles and Revelation. A group of men versed in both the Holy Word and the worldly power struggles of the English Church, they met for the first time on this date [February 13, 1605 - RZ] in the Merton College rooms of the most worldly of them all, Sir Henry Savile [1549-1622 - RZ], the only translator not to have taken holy orders and a true man of the Renaissance, as curious about mathematics and the unsettling ideas of Copernicus as he was about Holy Writ."

    From: A Reader's Book of Days: True Tales from the Lives and Works of Writers for Every Day of the Year by Tom Nissley (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2014), p. 52. A portion of the entry for February 13.
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