- Publisher: The World Publishing Co. (1970)
- ISBN-10: 0529046806
- ISBN-13: 978-0529046802
- Average Customer Review: 5,823 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,502,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Holy Bible Paperback – 1970
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I quote from page 5 of the preface to the Apocrypha, "The earliest known translations of the whole Bible into English are associated with John Wycliffe (or Wyclif) and his followers. These are usually dated between 1380 and 1388. Because the Wycliffite Bible was translated from the Latin Vulgate, it includes the books of both the Testaments and the Appendix. So from the beginning, the English Bible was translated with the Apocrypha." IT WAS LATER DECIDED IT WAS NOT SUPPOSE TO BE IN THERE.
Page 7 of the preface shows a listing of the books of the Bible, and shows the books we now call the Apocrypha and Deuterocanonical dispersed among the books of the old testament, not separated out. The Wikipedia entry of the Septuagint also shows the books of the Apocrypha dispersed throughout what we now call the old testament.
So, the Apocrypha was in the bible 200 years before Jesus, and was therefore most likely in the bible Jesus and the apostles used and quoted from. It was the bible of the first Christian church. I prefer to read a bible as close to what Jesus and the apostles used as I can. Since I only know English, I give this King James version Bible 5 stars.
I would suggest reading the Septuagint in addition to the KJV. The Apostles Bible is a good version which I have read and own.