The Oldest Surviving Draft of The King James Bible Found




The Bible is the most printed book in the world; and the King James Bible specifically is the most read book in the English language. Some of the most famous phrases originate from this book, such as “a man after his own heart”. The book is both full of interesting stories and yet, elusive. The most recent news regarding this book is that a historian believes that he’s found the oldest copy that’s been ‘hidden’in the Cambridge University’s archives.

The manuscript was found at the department where Samuel Ward’s papers are kept. Namely, Samuel Ward was one of the people commissioned by King James I to translate the Bible into English language, back in the early 17th century.

Professor of English at Montclair State University in New Jersey, Jeffrey Miller, stumbled across the 400 year old notebook while he was doing some research. In the article, published about this discovery, at the Times Literary Supplement, Miller said that notebook is not only the oldest copy ever found, but also the only one written in hand by one of its actual translators.

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