Some of them, being typical academics, either fell down on the job or just decided not to do it. It really testifies to the human element of this kind of great undertaking.

This quote of the day comes from Professor Jeffrey Alan Miller, Montclair State University, who discovered a previously unknown early draft of the King James Bible translation in a nondescript notebook in an archive at the University of Cambridge.

The notebook shows more of the actual work process of the translators: It now seems that the translation wasn’t done collectively in its entirety, as it’s often assumed, but rather that the work was subdivided and assigned to a number of scholars who started working on the translation individually. 

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