“Cloven Tongues”: Theology and the Translation of the Scriptures

Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

Great St Mary’s, the University Church, Cambridge, on Wednesday 27 April 2011, being the final lecture of a day conference sponsored by the University’s Faculty of Divinity to celebrate the four-hundredth anniversary of the “King James” translation of the Bible.

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… the praise of God must be drawn out of every existing human tongue, and so is necessarily diverse. Thus translation serves this fullness of thanksgiving, and the difference of human language ‘which was the destroying of Babel, the very same is here made to work the building of Sion’

Republished with kind permission from the Archbishop’s Press office.

Dr Rowan Williams is the 104th and current Archbishop of Canterbury, principal leader of the Church of England, and the symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican Communion.