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King James, His Bible, and Its Translators Paperback – October 20, 2006

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About the Author

Laurence M. Vance is an author, a publisher, a lecturer, a freelance writer, the editor of the Classic Reprints series, and the director of the Francis Wayland Institute. He holds degrees in history, theology, accounting, and economics. The author of twenty-four books, he has contributed over 600 articles and book reviews to both secular and religious periodicals. Vance's writings have appeared in a diverse group of publications including the Ancient Baptist Journal, Bible Editions & Versions, Campaign for Liberty, LewRockwell.com, the Independent Review, the Free Market, Liberty, Chronicles, the Journal of Libertarian Studies, the Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society, the Review of Biblical Literature, Freedom Daily, and the New American. His writing interests include economics, taxation, politics, government spending and corruption, theology, English Bible history, Greek grammar, and the folly of war. He is a regular columnist, blogger, and book reviewer for LewRockwell.com, and writes a column for the Future of Freedom Foundation. Vance is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Grace Evangelical Society, and the International Society of Bible Collectors, and is a policy adviser of the Future of Freedom Foundation and an associated scholar of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Vance Publications; First edition (October 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976344815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976344810
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,200,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vance debunks quite a few myths about the KJV in this book.

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.
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This 164 page book "King James and it,s translators"by Laurance Vance is actually a collection of essay,s by different people some not seen in print before.
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.
7.Chapters,verses,words
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.
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This is an excellent work of a lot of historical information that all Bible believers should know in the light of the many mistranslations available today, particularly the "gender-neutral" interpretations passing for accurate translations. Many thanks to the author for a lot of research and information. I've always enjoyed the King James Version, but now have an even more appreciation and profound respect and love of it's beauty, grace, and reverence.
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A short collection of essays on subjects surrounding the making of the King James Version of the Bible. This work evidences careful and meticulous study on the topic from a conservative position. The author has taken care to cite many useful primary and secondary sources that will aid his readers in launching their own investigations.
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This is a collection of 15 essays covering a wide range of topics having to do with the King James Bible. There are essays on King James, on the translators, on various editions of the KJB, and on more technical aspects of the KJB such as word counts and grammar. It is a rich collection, well worth the reading and the rereading.

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.
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This book should be of interest to anyone who has a serious interest in King James 1 of Great Britain(6th of Scotland) and, or the the history of the King James Authorized version of the Bible. Some of the essays could be described as being a tad dry. In total a must read for further perspectives relating to this translation, King James, the translators, the history and effect of this translation of the Bible at the time it was released and throughout the ensuing years to the present.
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