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  • The Bishops' Bible was the default text, there were to be no marginal notes, and the translators were instructed to defer to "the ancient fathers", "the analogy of the faith" and the "old ecclesiastical words".

    The King James Bible reconsidered | David Edgar 2011

  • The Bodleian has supplied the only surviving annotated copy of the earlier Bishops' Bible, whose translation was used as a foundation for the King James.

    NYT > Home Page By EDWARD ROTHSTEIN 2011


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  • In the third edition of this Bible, published in 1572, the printer used ornamental initial letters for several books--but the letters originally had been used to print Ovid's Metamorphosis and other non-religious books, so they did not depict religious scenes. The worst offender was the graphically pictorial letter at the beginning of Hebrews: a vivid depiction of Zeus disguised as a swan and rather amorously courting Leda.

    February 21, 2011