The Bard gets Fired by Steve Payne
says: we review the conjecture that Shakespeare played a part in the
translation of the KJB but imagining that his alleged Bible Code gets him
fired. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not
necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
on this day in 1611, forty-six year old William
Shakespeare was dismissed from the employment of the Committee known as the
First Cambridge Company following the discovery that hidden messages had
been introduced into the translation of the Authorized King James Version.
"I would not have read Romeo and Juliet in the 9th
grade" - Readers Comment To let future generations know that he had
helped with translation, Shakespeare had devised a
Secret Bible Code, noting in his diary that "If you count 46 words from
the beginning, you will find the word shake. Now count the same 46 words
from the end of Psalm 46, there is the word spear". Unfortunately for
Shakespeare, his colleague Marlowe betrayed his confidence, immediately
alerting the Committee's editors who discovered the following mis-translation:
The Bard gets FiredPsalms 46:1-3 "God is our refuge and strength, a very
present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be
removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake
with the swelling thereof. Selah". And Psalms 46:9-11 "He maketh wars to
cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear
in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am
God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah".
Following his dismissal, Shakespeare purchased a gatehouse in the former
Blackfriars priory where he resided for five unremarkable years until his
death in 1616 aged just fifty-two.
says in this alternate timeline, he isn't a playwright at all. He has a
modified skill set that makes it more (not less likely) that he was involved
in the translation project. Result is an uninspiring life story and thus the
justification for the Bible Code (an unlikely urban myth) is explained in
this story by his lack of self-actualisation (boredom). to view guest
historian's comments on this post please visit the
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