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    Who "became mighty men"?

    I would like some help with some "Jacobean English". In the sentence below, who became mighty men? Was it the giants, the sons of God, or the children? Thanks

    Genesis 6:4There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

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    Re: Who "became mighty men"?

    Not a teacher!

    I think the children became mighty men. The giants and the sons of god were already mighty . What does 'Jacobean English' mean?

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    Re: Who "became mighty men"?

    Quote Originally Posted by virus99 View Post
    Not a teacher!

    I think the children became mighty men. The giants and the sons of god were already mighty . What does 'Jacobean English' mean?
    King James

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    Re: Who "became mighty men"?

    Wasn't it "bore?"

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    Re: Who "became mighty men"?

    Not in the Authorised King James version of the Bible, from which this passage is taken. Perhaps it was the plural of "bore" in the 17th century...
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: Who "became mighty men"?

    Quote Originally Posted by virus99 View Post
    ...What does 'Jacobean English' mean?
    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    Not in the Authorised King James version of the Bible, from which this passage is taken....
    Latin for 'James' was Jacobus, so the phrase 'Jacobean English' makes sense. On the other hand, it's not a phrase I've met.

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    Re: Who "became mighty men"?

    Perhaps one of the other translations of the Bible listed here makes it clear (click on the underlined link).

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    Re: Who "became mighty men"?

    Shakespeare studies, along with King James Bible courses, refer to Jacobean almost as often as Elizabethan. I believe one came right before the other, and both Shakespeare and that new Bible overlapped the two monarchs a little bit.

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    Re: Who "became mighty men"?

    It's used for the literature of the period.

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    Re: Who "became mighty men"?

    King James VI of Scotland became James I of England on Queen Elizabeth I's death in 1603. He commissioned the new translation, which became known as the King James Bible, the following year. Shakespeare, on the other hand, did overlap both monarchs - and both were enthusiastic patrons of his works.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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