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Subject: Robert Fludd and the King James Version
Category: Reference, Education and News > Teaching and Research
Asked by: rosenkrantz-ga
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Posted: 23 Aug 2002 00:02 PDT
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Did Robert Fludd have any influence on the Authorized/KJV of
scripture.  Was he involved with the translation in any way.

Clarification of Question by rosenkrantz-ga on 23 Aug 2002 00:05 PDT
Did Robert Fludd have influence or suggested influence on the
translation of the King James Version/Authorized Version of 1611?
Subject: Re: Robert Fludd and the King James Version
Answered By: voyager-ga on 23 Aug 2002 03:32 PDT
Hi Rosenkranz,

Robert Fludd ("Robertus de Fluctibus" (1574-1637)) allegedly was a
member of the committee which drafted the King James Bible ( ).

This site "Prelude: Freemasonry and the American Revolution" ( ) says "Robert
Fludd, Dee's disciple, and the Rosicrucian Francis Bacon were among
the conclave of scholars who created the King James' Bible
translation." about Robert Fludd.

This site ( ) about the
Templars has the following to say: "In his book, "Bloodline of the
Holy Grail" Laurence Gardner points out that "the Rosicrucians (like
the Cathars and Templars before them had access to an ancient
knowledge which held more substance than anything promulagated by
Rome." Listed among the adherents to the Rosicrucian beliefs was
Dante, Columbus, Francis Bacon, Christopher Wren, and Robert Fludd who
assisted in translating the King James (Authorised) Bible."

I was also able to find a quote from Michael Baigent and Richard
Leigh's book "Freemasonry: Geometry of the Sacred" (pp.20-22):
"In England, the chief exponant of 'Rosicrucian' thought was John
Dee's disciple, Robert Fludd--who along with Frances Bacon, was among
the conclave of scholars commissioned by King James to produce an
English translation of the Bible..."

And another book quote from Dennis Laurence Cuddy's "NOW IS THE
"Dee's disciple, Robert Fludd, was the chief proponent of
Rosicrucianism in England, and Fludd along with Sir Francis Bacon and
others were commissioned by King James I, produce an English
translation of the Holy Bible."

This site ( ) about secret
societies has the following to say: "Andrea's Masonic contact in
England was Robert Fludd who received his Christian education at
Christ's Church Oxford. Fludd is significant to the Protestant
Reformation in that he was among the conclave of 47 scholars who
presided over the translation of the authorized King James version of
the Bible."

Robert Fludd was apparently associated with the Freemasons and other
secret societies. He did extensive studies on occultism. (I guess you
already know that, taking into account that your name is Rosenkranz
and he was a Rosenkreuzer.)

It seems that the mentioning of his links to the creation of the King
James Bible usually occurs in articles which also explore either his
occult or the secret society links. He is not mentioned as an author
though in most works dealing with the creation of the King James Bible
itself. The book "Translators Revived" (online version, see additional
resources) for example lists the scholars who apparently were the
translators, but does not include Robert Fludd.

I hope I was able to help. Feel free to ask for clarification!


Additional Sources

Doctor Robert Fludd (1574-1637) By Sharon M.W.

Translators Revived

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Subject: Re: Robert Fludd and the King James Version
From: jeffyen-ga on 23 Aug 2002 21:14 PDT
Hi rosen and voyager, I was also looking into this question yesterday,
and also found some of the links that voyager points out. So I thought
that yeah, Fludd was probably involved. But when I looked into other
sources, I began to be quite skeptical... I was at the bookshop
looking thorough a 2001 book "In the beginning, the story of the kjv",

and they have a list of the scholars involved, who did what chapters
and so on, and Fludd was not included. I've also looked at the
articles of Fludd in both Encyclopeadia Britannica and Americana, and
the articles on Fludd also don't show that he was involved with the
KJV. I mean, if the KJV was so important, surely an article on Fludd
would at least mention something he did, right? Pretty take on this is that no, Fludd wasn't involved with
the KJV :)

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