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400th Anniversary of the King James Bible exhibit opening soon

September 13, 2010
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2011 marks the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. Baker is fortunate enough to have two copies dating from 1611 – both a “He” Bible and a “She” Bible.

The manuscript that was delivered to the King’s Printer has disappeared. We don’t know exactly what it said, but from the huge number of errors, it seems clear that the printing process was fairly chaotic.

The He Bible is named for the passage from Ruth 3:15 after Ruth went into the tent of Naomi’s kinsman, Boaz. He asked her to hold out her shawl and “he measured six measures of barley, and laid it on her: and he went into the city.” The She Bible reads “she went into the city.”

It is not entirely clear what pronoun the King James translators used. Many Hebrew manuscripts used “she” as does the Vulgate, or Latin Bible. Recent translations are divided on this matter. The current edition of the King James Bible uses “she.”

A couple of more amusing errors include a passage from one of the Gospels where  Judas was substituted for Jesus and in yet another, the so-called Wicked Bible, the seventh commandment reads “Thou shalt commit adultery.”

There will be an opening for Baker students, staff and faculty on Thursday afternoon, September 23rd. Please drop by anytime.

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  1. September 13, 2010 12:52 pm

    If Boaz laid six bushels of barley on Ruth, I’m pretty sure she did NOT go into the city. I’m pretty sure she was injured. And what a bad start to their relationship!

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