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＂To Make a Good One Better＂: The Most Immediate Predecessor of the King James Bible
Bishops' Bible;Geneva Bible;King James Bible;similarity measure
|Issue Date:||2017-10-31 13:44:19 (UTC+8)|
The translators of the King James Bible were commanded to produce not a fresh translation but a revision based on the Bishops' Bible, yet they could consult other versions when necessary. Though it is generally agreed that the translators' base text is the Bishops' Bible, some scholars maintain that the King James Bible is more indebted to the Geneva Bible. This paper aims to tackle the issue by measuring the similarity between the King James Bible and its two predecessors based on sampling. Modifying the research model designed by Jon Nielson and Royal Skousen for their study of Tyndale's contribution to the King James Bible, I propose to consider the King James Bible and the other version in question as a pair of text objects and calculate the similarity percentage by dividing twice the number of identical words by the total number of words of the paired text. Based on 51 sample chapters, my study concludes that the average similarity percentage between the Geneva Bible and the King James Bible is 86% regarding both the Old and New Testaments; while the average similarity percentage between the Bishops' Bible and the King James Bible is 78% regarding the Old Testament and 90% regarding the New Testament.
|Relation:||廣譯：語言、文學、與文化翻譯, 13, 175-203|
|Appears in Collections:||[廣譯] 期刊論文|
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