Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Happy Birthday King James Bible

From Fr. Joseph Huneycutt:

This, stolen with gratitude, from today's edition of The Writer's Almanac ...

It was on this day in 1611 that the first edition of the King James Bible was published in England. It is one of the greatest and most influential works in the English language, even though it was translated by a committee.It was produced during a particularly chaotic period for England.

An epidemic of the black plague had struck London so severely that the year before work began on the King James Bible, 30,000 Londoners had died of the disease. At the same time, Puritans in the country were beginning to agitate against the monarchy as a form of government. And a group of underground Catholics were plotting to assassinate the king.

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Biretta Tip to the Young Fogey

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