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King James, His Bible, and Its Translators Paperback – October 20, 2006
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The most interesting part of the book (to me) is the chapter A Standard Bible. Among other things, Vance shows that the KJV was very quickly accepted by believers as THE Bible, and while the "King James Only" term is usually used as an epithet by modern writers who claim it is a recent idea (20th century), the facts of history show that "King James Onlyism" as an attitude about the received Bible actually goes back to the seventeenth century.
This book is an excellent and concise overview of the history of the KJV -- it's commissioning, translation, editions, and reception throughout history.
Seven of the essays are published for the first time, while eight have been previously published in various forms. This means that some of the information is repeated, but I actually found that helpful. Because the essays were written over a period of years for various reasons and with various audiences in mind, each essay is self-contained, which allows the reader to select essays of immediate interest by referring to the Table of Contents. If you want information on the ancestry of King James, read the first essay. If you want information on the origins of King James `Onlyism' you can go directly to the two essays focused on that topic. If you want to find an essay on the inspired nature of the KJB one can find essays on that as well (I particularly enjoyed the eighth essay, "Purified Seven Times").
These essays are the fruit of the author's decades of study and scholarly activity. The reader benefits greatly by this background of dedicated study. The book is well made, with large enough print to be easily readable, and bound well. The bibliography at the back of the book is a great resource for those who wish to continue their study of the `noblest monument to English literature', the King James Bible.
There are 15 chapters as follows:
1.King James and the throne of England
2.The Hampton court conference
3.The learned men
4.The King James Translators at work
5.The 1611 King James Bible
6.Editions of the Authorized Version.
8.Purified 7 times
9.Was the King James Version authorized ?
10.The origin of King James Onlyism
11.King James onlyism in Scotland
12.A standard Bible
13.The authorized version and the "originals"
14.Word changes in the King James Bible
15.Archaic words and the authorized version.
This book is of a reasonable type size,well spaced andclear to read.It is however intricate and very complete in its coverage of what the King James Bible is and is not.It is not a pro King James book as much as it sounds,its simply a book about the King James Bible.If you want to know about the translators,where they met,their notes and want a complete history of the King James Bible origin in a small concise book this is for you. To me --some of it was dry,giving the ancestry of King James,and other places.
There is also a complete Biblography in the back that is very detailed.
One point that was not given I feel I must add to this book is the fact that the some Christians reject the King James Bible as the perfect word of God because they do not want an ultimate authority ruling over their lives.For example if the NIV was suddenly pronounced as the perfect word of God there would be many rejectors of that version as well simply because if there is no perfect version,then people can feel free to do what they want because there is no ultimate authority in all faith and practice.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A wonderful book of essays on the King James Bible.
Dr. Vance covers little known facts and mysteries about the King James translators, the uneasy rise of James to the... Read more
Chapter 4 alone is worth the price; a great chapter on Tyndale and his monumental work. A quote in the last paragraph of Chapter 4:"By strangling Tyndale, the Church thought to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by rivercity
I bought this for my wife, who is a Bible scholar, and she found it worthwhile and interesting. If you are interested, it will fill in some gaps in your study of Bible origins and... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Funny Man
Dr Vance's book is informative and I particularly appreciate that he does not praise the King James Bible on one hand but then dismisses it later as some authors, who published... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Gerard T.
If you don’t care to examine the Scriptures as did the Bereans, to discover the truth, fine, pick up anything that has “Bible” on the cover. Read morePublished on April 16, 2014 by farmer
To gain more insights to what's there and what's been left out, especially Acts 8:37 in the NIV & others, but is IN the KJV.Published on February 24, 2014 by Dave Hatch
Excellent quick read for defense of the King James Bible. The author has his facts and presents them. I keep this as a good reference in my library.Published on April 9, 2010 by Zoni