“ZEALE TO PROMOTE THE COMMON GOOD”
The Holy Bible, Conteyning the Old Testament, and the New: Newly Translated out of the originall tongues: & with the former Translations diligently compared and revised by his Majesties speciall comandement. Appointed to be read in Churches.
London: Robert Barker, 1611.
The Bible’s preface, addressed from “The Translators to the Reader,” describes the committee’s “Zeale to promote the common good.” This 1,800-word introduction was prepared for those who inevitably would find fault with the new translation for political reasons. It includes a history of scriptural translations, a spirited justification for the new version, and a detailed explanation of the methods used by the translators.
The Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Bible Collection.