Translating The Old Testament
Translating the Old Testament: How Far Did the Translators of the King James Bible Depend on Jewish Scholarship?
Professor John Rogerson
Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies - University of Sheffield
It is often claimed that the translators of the King James Bible were heavily dependent upon mediaeval Jewish scholarship when translating problematic parts of the Old Testament. How far is this true, and if it is true, how did it affect the character of the version as compared with earlier versions in English, and subsequent use of the King James Bible? Although the translation of various passages will be discussed with reference to Hebrew, no prior knowledge of Hebrew is necessary to understand the lecture.