The KJV is renowned for being
one of the few works of art
ever to have been produced by committee…
Its completion took seven years,
during which time the bulk of the work
went on in three principle locations:
Oxford University, Cambridge University
and the Jerusalem Chamber of Westminster Abbey.
Overseeing the whole endeavour and heading the distinguished
group of clerics tasked with translating ‘Genesis’ to ‘2 Kings’,
we find Mister Lancelot Andrewes,
whose contemporaries regarded him,
in an intellectual sense,
as both elegant and brilliant.
There is a story that during the course of The Great Work
he would periodically take a monthly vacation with his elderly parents.
Whilst staying with them it was his custom
to invite into their home a linguistics expert
so that he could learn a new European language!
It is at least possible that Mister Andrewes was solely responsible
for insisting upon the italicised phrases of ‘The Binding’.