The First Westminster Company
Directed by the best-known of the King James Bible translators, Lancelot Andrewes, the First Westminster Company handled the crucial early books of the Old Testament, from Genesis through 2 Kings. For the first year or two of the project, Andrewes was dean of Westminster Abbey, and the company met in the Jerusalem Chamber there.
Andrewes was not the only remarkable member of this key company. The group also included the dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral, John Overall; the only translator who had seen the New World, John Layfield, who had been a chaplain on an expedition to Puerto Rico; the oldest translator, Hadrian Saravia, a half-Flemish, half-Spanish, former professor of divinity at the University of Leiden in his 70s; and the father of Arabic studies in England, William Bedwell.
This company translated:
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, and 2 Kings