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Thursday, 15 September 2011

Thomas Sanderson - fellow of Balliol

Thomas Sanderson is almost unknown to us. He was a fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, and rector of All Hallows the Great, London which was demolished 1894. Anthony Wood, the antiquarian mentions a Thomas Sanderson, D. D., of Balliol College, Oxford. The same man was Archdeacon of Rochester during the years 1601 and 1614. He was a member of the Second Westminster Company of translators, directed by William Barlow.

A minor writer

The King James men were minor writers, though great scholars, doing superb writing. Their task lifted them above themselves, while they leaned firmly on their subjects. Many have written in wonder about what they achieved. (1)

Gustavus Paine (2) goes on to quote Dr William Faber’s taste for the KJV:

It lives on the ear like a music that can never be forgotten, like the sound of church bells . . . . It is part of the national mind and the anchor of national seriousness. The memory of the dead passes into it. . . . It is the representative of his best moments; and all that there has been about him of soft, gentle, and pure, and penitent, and good speaks to him for ever out of his English Bible.


Reader, have you experienced what Dr Faber is talking about? Try reading seven verses each morning from the AV Bible, asking God to speak to you through its pages. You’ll be surprised - after sympathetic and close consideration of the actual words - how readily the Text yields its probable meaning!

(1)Vivienne Westbrook, ‘Authorized Version of the Bible, translators of the (act. 1604–1611)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Oct 2009
(2)Payne, Gustavus, (1959/1977)The men behind the King James version, MI: Bakerpp. 62 - 63

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