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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

  • Hardcover: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Vance Publications; Third edition (February 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982369735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982369739
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #910,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Many people find that the KJV Bible is too hard to understand because the language is considered to be "old fashioned".
Mr Vance has taken all of the words which are considered to be "outdated" and compiled them into a form of encyclopaedia.
This book should be put on your "MUST HAVE" list, if you are a avid reader of the KJV Bible. It will not only enhance your bible study but it will also give you better understanding of the LORD's word.
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This book is another great work in defence of the Bible against the attacks from modern defenders of corrupt versions. This book not only defines many archaic words, but also shows some modern secular usage as well as usage of archaic words in corrupt bible versions. This shows how meaningless it is to stab at the Bible by saying that it is archaic. I have also read 2 other of Vance's books. I recommend any of his works.
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This is an excellent book for getting more out of God's word than the modern versions around today can give. Example the Thou's and Thee's are singular referring to one person or group. While the Yee's and You's are plural. The modern versions use the word 'you' for both. You lose...
You talk about Archaic Words. Take a look at a few I got out of the NIV which is supposed to me a Modern Version.
Abashed, annotations, cors, dissipation, fellowman, filigree, fomenting, goiim, ignoble, jowls, mainstay, marauders, pinions, porphyry, portent, profligate, qualm, resplendent, revening, squall, and wadi, just to name a few.
Why does the NIV use these Archaic Words? Because of Copyright Laws. New version have to be significantly different from others so a lot of trips to the Thesaurus is needed.
What does this all this lead to? A Bible that gets further and further away from the real Word of God which many believe the closest can be found in English in the King James Version.
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This is an excellent reference for Sunday School teachers and Bible students alike. It has an index in the back of the book for easy location of words. I read from the King James Bible and I don't use this reference book now as much as I used to because I've learned the meaning of KJV words pretty quickly since using this as a source guide. But it's handy to have in your personal library if you're unable to figure out a word or passage.
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On the day after receiving this book I was able to use it twice. It happened that I ran into the words "trow" and "youward" in my AV reading. Both times I reached for this book and easily found the word, its meaning, its usage in the AV, and how other translations have handled these words. I couldn't be more pleased. It is now on my shelf in easy reach when I do my daily reading of the AV.

The book itself is bound well, opens easily and lies flat for comfortable reading. The print is dark, the paper thick enough so there's no bleedthrough from the next page. The print is also large enough for readers of all ages. In other words, the author/publisher has taken efforts to design the book so that the reader can actually use it with comfort.

I am extremely pleased and recommend it for anyone studying, contemplating, or just perusing the King James Version.
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In my quest to find proper study tools for Bible Study, I was really fortunate to hear about this volume. One of the best features of this work is its claim that it definitely lives up to: it defines words that (unfortunately by the mass of professing Christendom that takes up "issue" with the beloved King James Bible) are claimed to be "archaic", "obsolete" and the worst "should be removed". In its third edition, this book not only defines these so-called "archaic" words, but also as a bonus demonstrates that the vast majority of these words that are looked down upon by the masses are no more archaic than news publications and magazines from the last about 25 years or so. It also shows that the most used excuses for not using the KJB anymore "its to hard to understand" "we don't talk like that anymore" and "these (the new versions) are so much easier to understand" if taken seriously and searched out have no foundation either. Many of the new versions also use what could be considered as "difficult words" with some replacing simple one or two syllable words in certain spots of the KJB with an even harder word ! I would recommend this work to all believers. Ultimately however, understanding the Bible is not a head issue its a heart issue. Do you come to the Bible standing in Judgement of the word of God or meekly at the feet of Jesus ?
“For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.” (1 Thessalonians 2:13)
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Great book. I've been reading front to back, one word at a time. Meanings are explained clearly and contrasts are shown that expose the modern bungles for what they are. The explanations under each word is like a devotional read unto itself.
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