EXPLORING THE KING JAMES VERSION

2 | An opening wedge

Did you ever think of using the English classics—Shakespeare or Donne or Milton—as an opening wedge toward understanding the King James Version of the Bible?

Milton was a small child when the KJV came out in 1611. As a university student he wrote a poem, "On the Morning of Christ's Nativity." At the beginning of this ode he pictures the wise men ("wizards" in seventeenth century language) coming to offer their gifts of frankincense and myrrh to the Bethlehem child. And then, like a Renaissance painter, he brings himself into the picture with his own poetic gift:

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