Silence hovered over London’s deserted, misty streets. Neighborhood residents burrowed deep in their beds enjoying the luxury of the last hour before dawn, unaware of the furious activity a few doors down the street. Inside Northumberland House, typesetters loaded presses while members of the printers’ guild turned the huge handles that pressed plates and paper to the inked typesets. As sheets came off the printing presses, large folio pages were quickly hung to dry on ropes stretched from wall to wall.
Like most citizens enmeshed in the activities of daily life, London residents were unconcerned about the king’s printing project. Over the next four centuries, however, nearly every household in the English-speaking world came to possess a copy of this printed book. (A Visual History of the King James Bible, Baker Books a division of Baker Publishing Group, 2011, 161)
Today children memorize it; pastors quote it at weddings and cite it at funerals; its words resound from pulpits on a global scale. Presidents swear their allegiance on it, and courts use it as the standard for truthfulness. more >>
The King James Version of the Bible officially turns 400 years old on Monday after months of celebration worldwide leading up to the day.
Everyone from Prince Charles of England, who read a passage from the KJV for the “YouTube Bible,” to stalwart atheist Christopher Hitchens, have participated in the 400th anniversary of the Bible translation that is not only respected as a religious text but also as a literary masterpiece.
"Though I am sometimes reluctant to admit it, there really is something 'timeless' in the Tyndale/King James synthesis," admitted Hitchens in his commentary featured in Vanity Fair. "For generations, it provided a common stock of references and allusions, rivaled only by Shakespeare in this respect.” more >>
For 400 seconds, people from around the world will connect with each other as they read the entire King James Bible in unison.
In honor of the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, YouVersion has challenged people all over the world to read the Bible during a six-minute-and-40-second time-frame collectively starting at 12 p.m. ET on May 2.
“We were looking for a way we could celebrate the 400th anniversary, in a way we could engage people in the Bible. So we came up with this idea to have our community participate in an event that would give people the opportunity to read the King James Bible collectively in 400 seconds,” Bobby Grunewald, innovation leader at Lifechurch.tv, which created YouVersion, shared with The Christian Post. more >>
He rode with Indiana Jones and battled next to Frodo, now award-winning actor John Rhys-Davies rides along the corridors of history teaching us what the King James Version Bible battled before reaching the homes of millions of people today.
Rhys-Davies, who plays the dwarf Gimli in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, explained to The Christian Post his personal appreciation and relationship with the KJV Bible after working on the docudrama, “KJB: The Book that Changed the World.”
While working as the host for the film, now available on DVD, Rhys-Davies became aware of many unanswered questions in his life, such as “What do I really believe? What are my real core values and understanding?” more >>
A recent poll indicates that the King James Bible is still popular, 400 years later.
According to the recent study by LifeWay Research, 62 percent of American adults own a King James Version Bible and 82 percent of those who read the Bible at least once a month own a KJV.
"Christians believe that God's Word is truth and that truth is conveyed through language. It is hard to overstate the influence of the KJV not just on language and idioms, but because it brought the Word of God to English-speaking peoples in the first widely available format,” Scott McConnell, director of LifeWay Research, stated. more >>
The introduction of a U.S. House resolution to recognize the 400th anniversary of the Kings James Bible offers encouragement to celebration organizers who believe a word of gratitude is due the book that positively influenced American society.
As the May celebration of the KJV Bible draws closer, a resolution to recognize the anniversary of the commonly used translation has been sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives.
The resolution acknowledges that the King James translation has entered into the very culture of the United States through poetry, speeches and sermons. It also quotes political icon and former President Ronald Reagan who said of the King James Bible, “It is an incontrovertible fact that all the complex and horrendous questions confronting us at home and worldwide have their answer in that single book.” more >>