Calligraphy by Committee

11 November 2006 at 6:36 pm Leave a comment

| Peter Klein |

The King James Bible, considered the greatest work of English prose, was composed a committee of 50 men.

Group projects, as any middle-school social-studies teacher can tell you, rarely produce inspiring results. But if you think writing by committee is hard, try drawing by one. That’s what Donald Jackson, the former official scribe for Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, signed up for when he agreed to create the first handwritten English Bible in 500 years.

Read the rest at OpinionJournal, and also visit the project’s home page.

I wonder how the 50 authors of the King James Bible got along? How did they control free riding? Were team members subject to peer review? How about 360-degree assessments? Did they work together on several projects or was this a one-shot game? (Sorry, a weekend of executive MBA teaching has left me unable to think like a regular human.)

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