King James's Bible


Work on the King James's Bible, published in 1611, began in 1604. Of the 47 scholars involved, 8 were connected to Gray's Inn, including Archbishop Bancroft (admitted 1589), Lancelot Andrewes, Dean of Westminster (admitted 1590) and Roger Fenton (appointed Preacher 1599).

The others were:

  • Michael Rabbett, later Rector of St Vedast, Foster Lane (admitted 1597)
  • John Spenser, Rector of St Sepulchre-without-Newgate and later Chaplain to James I (admitted 1601)
  • John Overall or Overhall, Dean of St Pauls (admitted 1605)
  • Thomas Holland, Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford (admitted 1610)
  • Andrew Byng, Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge (admitted 1616)

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