The King James Version


On May 2, 1611, the King James Version of the bible was published in London, England, and was authorized by King James I. The translation is noted for its "majesty of style" and has been described as one of the most important books in English culture. It served as a replacement for the two previous English versions of the Bible, the Great Bible, commissioned during the reign of King Henry VIII (1535), and the Bishops' Bible of 1568. The New Testament was translated from Greek, the Old Testament from Hebrew and Aramaic, and the Apocrypha from Greek and Latin by a committee of 47 scholars. While there appears to be no official mention of contributions made by Sir Francis Bacon, numerous clues have led some to suggest that the King James Version was at least edited by Bacon (or Shakespeare, if you believe the Bacon is William Shakespeare theory). For example, some scholars have argued that the literary style of certain verses appears to be unmistakably "Baconian." In addition, some have pointed to the illustrations of the 1611 copy which seem to indicate symbols of a Rosicrucian or Masonic influence.