- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Updated, Expanded edition (June 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764206052
- ISBN-13: 978-0764206054
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 227 customer reviews
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The King James Only Controversy: Can You Trust Modern Translations? Updated, Expanded Edition
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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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Also explains the "expansion of piety" by later copyists which explains why the later versions had the title "Lord" next to Jesus Christ more often. So the new versions don't "take out" words; the KJV is based on later Greek texts that *added* words.
Finally, there is an extended section on the specific verses that KJVO writings use as "proof" that the modern versions are corrupt.
Dr White has also written books defending the Trinity and sufficiency of Scripture, and debated anti-Trinitarians and liberals, so his evangelical credentials are unquestionable.
The second part (regarding KJV only folks) was less personally useful, just because I do not run in to those kinds of people too often. However, I have already given away four copies to people who were struggling with this issue in the past six months. So the need is there and this is the perfect resource.
This book does a great job in that it provides a great overview of how we got the Bible and how English translations have come about. White doesn't delve into a ton of detail but he shows the highlights and the important steps on how we came up to the KJV and why further editions, like NASB and ESV, are needed and fuller. White does not step on KJV as inferior and it's awesome to read someone who has a high view of God's Word and a great grasp on scholarship and the need for intellectualism in Christianity (Francis Shaeffer would be proud).
White also does a good topic of what the book is titled and that's dealing with the arguments levied by KJV Only people and takes it right to both the text and to the logic of the argument, with no need for name calling or grand statements of extremism.
White also shows how textual criticism can be used to help develop a fuller, more complete understanding of the Faith and how to answer criticism against Christianity. This was really the main reason why I read the book. It was a really great introduction to that field of study. The topics are fairly clear in how they are addressed and the argumentation is not over complicated.
There are a few small negatives that I found that may be difficult for some, including myself. White does start out right off the bat stating that he's trying to strike a balance between an area of study that can be vast and broad and complicated and knowing to write to a general audience. At time, he tends to assume you remember what you read eight chapters ago or use terms that weren't that clear. I believe this comes from White knowing so much about the topic that he tends to stumble on just how "clever" the reader is. When White refers to Scripture to support his arguments, I would have liked to have had the Scripture listed rather than look them up. It's just helpful not having to turn between two books for these times. These are mostly limited to his arguments and not his main points so they are low impact on hassle.
I would have loved to see a "Suggested Reading" page although the footnotes tend to give you repeated examples of who White supports. Speaking of which, the footnotes in this book are great! I know it sounds geeky but I love a book where reference footnotes are on the bottom of the page rather than in the back or at the end of the chapter. It's so much cleaner and easier. The footnoted notes of White's writing add to the topic and can be skipped if they aren't important to you - just as any good footnote is. Great footnotes WOOO!!!
It convinced me on the topic at hand and I would recommend this book as a good jumping off point for anyone wanting to get into textual criticism. It has helped motivate me into a deeper study. Final Grade - A+
I purchased this book to better understand the history of the English bible in general and the KJV controversy in particular. I was not disappointed. Dr. White deals with relevant matters in an accessible way, but he also challenges the reader to think through important matters.
He also shows how weak the KJV only case is by pointing to numerous biblical, textual, and logical problems in their argumentation.
Overall, I think this is the definitive work on the subject that has not been successfully answered by current KJV only advocates like Stephen Anderson, Samuel Gipp, or others. Moreover, if you're wanting to better understand the history of the English Bible and be more prepared to answer questions concerning the Bible's reliability, this book is a great asset.
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