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The Bard gets Fired by Steve Payne

Author 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).

June 18th

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.

Author 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 Today in Alternate History web site.

Steve Payne, Editor of Today in Alternate History, a Daily Updating Blog of Important Events In History That Never Occurred Today. Follow us on Facebook, Myspace and Twitter.

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