Updated: Apr 14
When I first got interested in reading the Bible, I thought there was just 1 Bible. I came to find out that there were many. I was not sure what to make of that. Were they all different, and if so how much? What if I got the wrong one? These are actually valid concerns. Most of the translations contain twisted or unrepresented versus. Almost every bible has a copyright and is the sole property of the individual or group who have the ownership rights. Thus a profit is made for the owner of those rights every time that book sells after publishing. It is a for profit venture and because the information inside is under copyright, each edition must contain different information, wording, etc., in order to not break the law. There is however one edition that has no copyright and is the one that all others come from, and that is the King James Bible. It is the inspired word of God and no individual or group can claim ownership. The only ones able to profit off of it are the publishing houses. I would imagine many copies are printed by not for profit organizations, in order to get Gods word into the hands of as many people as possible. What makes the king James the inspired word of God? Lets find out.
The work of creating this book began in 1604 when England's king James authorized a new translation of the Bible. Over the next 7 years of group of 47 Biblical scholars worked to translate the different books of the bible. The Old Testament from Hebrew, the New Testament from the Greek and Latin. Much of the work drew from Protestant reformer William Tyndale, who had produced the first New Testament translation from Greek into English in 1525.
Published in 1611, the King James Bible spread quickly through out Europe, thanks to the invention of the printing press. Because of the amount of wealth and resources aimed at the project it was the most faithful and scholarly version ever made as well as the most accessible. This Bible wound up having a devastating affect on King James who commissioned it. Because it gave people access to passages not read in church. Passages that limited the power of Secular rulers like King James.
The King James Bible has spread all over the world and is considered the gold standard for Bible study. It has remained in it's original old English format, that takes some effort to understand. It still holds a poetic grandeur that many feel is like the voice of God speaking to them. So, if your looking to study the Bible and build a relationship with God, look no further than the King James Version. Also, look into getting a Strong's Concordance as a study guide. Thank you for reading my blog, and I will leave you with the Gospel.
I Corinthians 15
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: