King James I and His Bible
In 1557, while in exile in Geneva, Switzerland, a then-unknown clergyman, John Calvin, assisted by a handful of Englishmen who had fled the persecution of Bloody Mary, undertook to translate the complete Bible. This made Calvin's Bible the first complete Bible to be translated into English from the original Hebrew and Greek texts. Calvin and his associates did far more than a translation. Their editions contained thousands of marginal notes. Because words and phrases quite often had several meanings the marginal explanations were meant to remove all doubt from the mind of the reader. Calvin's Bible, out of print since 1644, was the Bible of choice for Oliver Cromwell, John Milton, and the pilgrims who landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620. William Shakespeare quoted Calvin's Bible more than 5,000 times in his plays. In 1644 Calvin's Bible was replaced by the King James version [finished around 1612] because the state needed a Bible that was more compliant to its agenda. James declared Calvin's Bible 'seditious' and made its possession a felony.
King James I of England was a devout believer in the 'divine' rights of kings. Among his many other faults, he preferred young boys to adult women. James enjoyed killing animals. He called it 'hunting'. Once he killed an animal he would literally roll about in its blood. Some historians claim that he practiced bestiality while the animals lay dying. James was a sadist as well as a sodomite. He enjoyed torturing people. While King of Scotland he personally supervised the torture of poor wretches caught up in the witch-hunt trials, and even suggested new ways of torture to his henchmen. Knowing what King James was we can easily discern his motives. James ascended the English throne in 1603. He wasted no time in ordering a new edition of the Bible in order to deny the common people the marginal notes, and thus the real meaning of many Biblical accounts. The doctrines espoused in the marginal notes struck terror into the heart of kings and their servants of the church. So James edited his own version without marginal notes. The King James Bible was, and is for all purposes, a government publication.
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