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Re: Shakespeare and the King James Bible
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0301.  Sunday, 3 April 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Kalev Pehme <
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        Date:   Saturday, 02 Apr 1994 08:07:03 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0300  Q: Shakespeare and the King James Bible
 
(2)     From:   Michael Calvert <CALVERT@UCONNVM>
        Date:   Saturday, 02 Apr 94 09:51:28 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0300  Q: Shakespeare and the King James Bible
 
 
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From:           Kalev Pehme <
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Date:           Saturday, 02 Apr 1994 08:07:03 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 5.0300  Q: Shakespeare and the King James Bible
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0300  Q: Shakespeare and the King James Bible
 
There is a cipher regarding Shakespeare's connection, or rather, translation
of the Bible or his contribution to it. The King James Bible was completed
when Shakespeare was 46 years old. If you go to the 46 Psalm and go to the 46
word, you will find "shake". At the end of this verse (3), you will find the
word "Selah" which may be interpreted as "spear". Allegedly, this "spear" is
not in the original Bible and is an interpolation. Hence, by this cipher,
as with many Shakespeare ciphers, we know that Shakespeare translated the
Bible or some part of it. If you believe this, well we have a little Bridge
in New York...
 
Kindest regards,
Kalev Pehme

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From:           Michael Calvert <CALVERT@UCONNVM>
Date:           Saturday, 02 Apr 94 09:51:28 EST
Subject: 5.0300  Q: Shakespeare and the King James Bible
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0300  Q: Shakespeare and the King James Bible
 
Dana Goldstein asks whether Shakespeare had anything to do with the creation
of the King James Bible--I'm no expert on the creation of that work, but
here's a bit of curious information imparted to me by a colleague several
years ago.  I don't know who first noticed it.
 
In 1610, the year before the Bible was completed, Shakespeare would have
been 46 years old.  Turn to Psalm 46 in the King James, and count, first,
46 words from the beginning of the psalm, then count backwards 46 from the
end--not counting the final "Selah".
 
Interesting, eh?  Knowing Shakespeare's fondness for punning on his own name
--witness the fun he was with "Will" in the sonnets--this bit of evidence,
though scarcely definitive, seems hard to ignore.
 
Michael Calvert
 

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