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The King James Only Controversy: Can You Trust Modern Translations? 2 Upd Exp Edition
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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).
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!!!
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.
Theologian and apologist, James R. White, tackles the King James Only controversy with clarity and sobriety in his book The King James Controversy. With the heart of a pastor he addresses what has become a highly emotional issue for many people. As such, his tone and purpose are immediately evident. He strives for peace in the church. He tactfully dispels ignorance, and he responds to the often bombastic and vitriolic statements common to KJV Only advocates. James White is concerned to show that his readers can trust many of the modern translations, and while the KJV is a good translation it is far from being a perfect translation. Moreover, he seeks to demonstrate that charges of grand conspiracy on the part of modern translators are misguided and quite false. All of these points are developed with an eye on the novice. Therefore, the flow of his book is structured in such a way as to introduce the reader to some history and to textual concepts before moving into more detailed and theme specific areas of the KJV Only debate.
There is a logical construction to the book. Chapters one through three are more preparatory in character, in that they establish some rudimentary concepts before delving into the specifics of the debate. Chapters four through ten then dig into the details of the debate. The nature of these initiatory chapters will now be explored.
Chapter one delineates five basic KJV perspectives. The spectrum ranges from those who simply prefer the KJV as a translation to those who actually believe the KJV is a new revelation from God. White notes that most KJV Only advocates fall into group 4, which teaches that the KJV, as an English translation, is inspired.Read more ›
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I have read three different books on the subject in the last few months and this was my favorite. The other books were by John Ankerburg and by D.A Carson. Read morePublished 4 days ago by L. Williams
Presented in a very disarming way so as to not point fingers who is wrong or right. A systematically organized topic. A valuable read. Read morePublished 5 days ago by ANDRE CHIASSON
Incredibly well researched, but the best part is that he presents it with a lovely, humble spirit. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and how exciting to learn about the history of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by puppitypup
This book displayed a very well balanced view of how we should view all translations. I was greatly blessed and encouraged by James White's thorough study through this topic.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
As a Christian, I wanted to learn more about this matter and this book left me very satisfied. I felt more informed than ever before. You won't regret buying this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Raymond
A clear presentation of KJV only arguments and why they fail under textual examination.Published 3 months ago by Scott