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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; 2 Upd Exp edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764206052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764206054
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James R. White is the author of several acclaimed books, including The God Who Justifies and The Forgotten Trinity. He is the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, a Christian apologetics organization, and an elder of the Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church. An accomplished debater, White has also taught Greek, Systematic Theology, and various topics in the field of apologetics. He and his family live in Phoenix.

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I would recommend the book as it gives a readable look at a very important subject.
S Donahue
James White does a great job of explaining the variances from the modern translations compared to the KJV.
S. Rogers
We all have sin, and if you don't think so then the truth isn't in you (1 John 1:8).

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195 of 218 people found the following review helpful By Coleman Yee on April 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
Every Christian who believes that the Bible is God's Word should read the first part of this book, whether they agree with the author's stance or not, or whether they are interested in the controversy or not, since it covers quite a bit of background information relating to the history and nature of New Testament translation, including its history, major translations, translators, and other key figures, information about the nature of the greek manuscripts, and so on.
Most of what I would comment about on this book has already been said, so I won't push the point much further.
However, I would like to add another point which James White seems to have overlooked in his book, I assume because of his lack of international/missionary experience:
I come from Singapore where not everyone is fluent in English, or even knows English, much less read English. For the ethnic Chinese who only reads and understands the Chinese language, the only Bible they can read would obviously be on that is translated to Chinese. Unfortunately (or fortunately?), none of the Chinese Bibles, as far as I know, are translated from the TR, and you cannot find a Chinese Bible translated from the King James version.
Now that's just the Bible in Chinese, where there are a few versions/translations. How about those other Bibles in languages where there's only ONE translation (mostly translated by UBS, and not translated from TR/KJV)?
Those who insist on KJV Only should perhaps remember that there's a whole world out there that does not and cannot understand English, much less KJV English. I supposed they are doomed, unless they learn English, KJV English.
That said, my opinion is that this is probably the best book on the subject. Read it, unless your mind is already made up (see those 1 star reviews).
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98 of 117 people found the following review helpful By K. Hartman on June 1, 2006
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I grew up in a KJV ONLY home. Went to KJV ONLY Curches and recently graduated from a KJV ONLY Bible College. I knew all along that somehting did not make sense about this position. The more research I did on my own the more and more I realized that the books used to back up the KJV ONLY position, were full of flat out lies. "New Age Versions" from G.A. Riplinger is a prime example. As I studied the Bible and began to hear more and more preachers using this version called the NASB (The MOST literal englsih translation by the way) I decided to buy one and compare it to Riplingers quotes of it in her book. I'm not sure what she quoted, but it definetly was NOT the NASB. NONE of her quotations matched...AT ALL!! This led me to start checking other primary sources including the writings of supposed "ALEXANDRIAN CULTISTS" Wescott and Hort, only to find they werequoted horribly out of context. To make a long story short, after doing MY OWN research I found that theKJV ONLY position could ONLY be backed up by lies, misleadings, misquotations, misinformation, and out right bias.

I say ALL THIS assomeone who grew up ONLY reading the KJV, and DEARLY loving it to this day! However, the fact is I desire accuracy over tradition, and that is why I read the NASB.

When I first looked into this book it BLEW ME AWAY with the amount of incredible info stored in such a short volume. All the research that took me LONG periods of time to accomplish was done, and categorized in this paperback. It was dead on correct too. If you want the kindest, fairest, and easiest to understand assesment of this great debate over Bible translations pick this book up. It DOES not bash the KJV, in fact the author actually PRAISES the KJV. So please, before barking out your opinion on this issue, from either side. KNOW YOUR FACTS!!! Pick this book up TODAY!!!
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131 of 159 people found the following review helpful By Timotheos Josephus on March 1, 2000
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This book is as thorough as could be possible in presenting its case. Since some have overtly slandered the author (James White), let me tell you what this book does NOT do. It does not tell people that the King James Version (KJV) is evil or that it should not be used. There are numerous places where Mr. White recommends using various translations (including KJV) to ascertain the exact meaning of a particular Biblical passage. The purpose of this book is to refute those people who would claim that the KJV is the only true word of God. Let me say Mr. White goes above and beyond in proving his case. Unfortunately, most of those who disagree will not read this book with an open heart and mind.
White covers basic manuscript and textual issues. He then gives some excellent background info regarding the making of the KJV. He also covers the numerous passages that "KJV only" advocates use in their arguments. After reading this book, I can not fathom how anyone could believe that the KJV is the only valid Bible translation.
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68 of 86 people found the following review helpful By D. B. Smith on July 26, 2006
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A long time ago I was a KJV-only person. I'd read all the books on that side of things and one day decided that since I knew the truth, it wouldn't hurt to read a book from "the other side", and that I was such an intellectually magnaminous person that I owed it to the other side to at least read one of their books. Well, this one was the most recommended, so I got it.

I read it quickly, marking up all the "mistakes" in my copy. It was easy to disagree with Mr.-- er, Dr.--White because he's so freaking condescending. Honestly I don't blame all the people giving this book the one star-- it's that hard to read if you don't agree with him. In my case, I was getting a perverse delight out of being better than the author and I kept reading. Perhaps you could say I was too open-minded for my own good.

At any rate, I got about 2/3rds through the book and it dawned on me. This obnoxious guy was RIGHT. That really burned me up. I didn't even finish it, I found it too unbareable. My whole world changed. Well, not really-- but you get the point. (Note: I still disagree with him on several points, but the main jist of the book I am forced to agree with)

Sadly, I doubt this book will convert many from my former view because the condescention displayed in it makes it almost impossible to rationally evaluate his arguments. (Hence the 3 stars)

Nowadays, I'm more open-minded, more well-read, and much more forgiving of those I disagree with. I also hope that a little bit of the false humility that caused me to read this book in the first place has become real humility. I use the ESV. And you know what? The world is a better place when there's not a Vast Satanic Conspiracy to destroy your Bible.
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