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Who Wrote the King James Bible?

Season 2: Episode 54
Who Wrote the King James Bible?
Date Aired: 2/19/2024

“Thou shalt not” miss this episode about the King James Bible, the most-read literary work in the English language! But who was King James? Why did he order a new English translation of the Bible (there were plenty out there already)? And who were the translators tasked with this monumental project (hint: not Shakespeare)? Helen and Dave are joined by Jeffrey Allen Miller, a MacArthur “Genius Grant” winner who made headlines in 2015 with the discovery of the earliest known draft translation of part of the King James Bible. Jeff’s incredible find overturned some longstanding assumptions about how the King James translators did their work.

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  • The Biblical Time Machine Podcast is hosted by Helen Bond and Dave Roos. Helen Bond is professor of Christian origins at Edinburgh University. She is the author of Women Remembered: Jesus’s Female Disciples, The First Biography of Jesus: Genre and Meaning in Mark’s Gospel, and The Historical Jesus: A Guide for the Perplexed. Her research focuses on the social and political history of first century Judaea, the historical Jesus and the canonical gospels. Dave Roos is a journalist and writer who contributes to, HowStuffWorks and the popular podcast Stuff You Should Know. Dave has a degree in religious studies from Duke University.