Sneak Preview: Blessed Are the Phrasemakers…

Very cool! The New York Times reports on a new discovery – the oldest known version of the King James translation of the Bible, which (as it happens) is the subject of our next History of Literature podcast, coming out on Monday.

Here’s a photo:

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The professor who made the discovery describes its importance.

“You can actually see the way Greek, Latin and Hebrew are all feeding into what will become the most widely read work of English literature of all time,” Professor Miller said. “It gets you so close to the thought process, it’s incredible.”

Wow. I wonder if he was so excited he ran around the room, undressing himself? Well, who could blame him?

Photo Credit: Master and Fellows of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge; Maria Anna Rogers (Photo)