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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Shakespeare’s Bible?

Shakespeare’s “Good Book” on display in Sydney

Leesha McKenny reports in the Sydney Morning Herald that a collection of historic Bibles on display in Sydney is reputed to include one that has been initialled by the great playwright.

A 1607 Geneva Bible, touted to have been owned by Shakespeare is part of a travelling exhibit of 25 historic Bibles, which marks the 400th anniversary of the King James version.

It is also noteworthy that the English translation of the Bible authorized by James I includes even more quotable phrases than penned by Shakespeare himself, including such gems as:

“a broken heart”

“a sign of the times”

“at his wits’ end”

The exhibition can currently be seen at the Village Church, Annandale, NSW, where it will be on display until the end of July.

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