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Re: Shakespeare's Bible
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2444  Thursday, 19 December 2002

From:           Bill Arnold <
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Date:           Wednesday, 18 Dec 2002 12:54:03 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 13.2428 Re: Shakespeare's Bible
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2428 Re: Shakespeare's Bible

R.A. Cantrell quotes me, "and the two men who wrote the introductory
material, Bishop Bancroft and King James I himself."  Then he writes,
"In my opinion, Miles Smith's 'comely gate to a glorious city' should
not be overlooked in considering the apparatus of the KJV, nor should
scholars ignore Hugh Broughton."

I guess I wrote a poor sentence, because in my book I quote all 46 names
of the members of the committees from Westminster, Oxford and and
Cambridge, then I quote and cite Miles Smith and Thomas Bilson, as well
as Bishop Richard Bancroft and King James I, who actually worked on the
KJV, making it a total of 50 known potential contributors.  If Will
Shakespeare had anything to do with translating text, the number of
potential contributors would rise to 51.

Takashi Kozuka writes, "Bill Arnold told us that he had 'just published
several years worth of research on the question...'  Would you be kind
to tell us the title of your work (book/article) and where we can find
it?"

Certainly.  You can email me directly, or order it from any bookstore in
the world.

Again: it is:
JESUS: The Gospel According To Will: "Thy Kingdom Come, thy Will Be
Done," ISBN 1892582-01-5, 2002.

I would suggest to SHAKSPEReans that the book is about JESUS primarily,
as per the title, with an three-part apologia: with history of the
ancient texts of the NT; history of primarily English translations up to
the KJV; and 179 KJV paradigms, focusing on key quotations of Jesus,
selected and organized by the author.  The book attempts in the central
portion of the apologia to cover the history of the Will Shakespeare
question of whether or not he actually translated any portions of the
KJV, with all the known referents included.  I gave my opinion in
summary in my previous post to SHAKSPER.

Bill Arnold

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