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 >>
Atheist Christopher Hitchens paid tribute to the King James Bible, offering rare praises to a book containing the Word of God.
Hitchens is the second atheist, after Richard Dawkins, to laud the KJB in honor of the 400th anniversary of the translation.
The prominent atheists recognized and expressed appreciation for its contribution to English literature. more >>
Just in time for the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, Lionsgate is set to release a docudrama that portrays the story of one of the most venerated books in history.
“KJB: The Book That Changed the World,” hosted by award-winning actor John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade), walks viewers through history, explaining the origin, significance and impact of the King James translation.
“Its imagery, its language and its influence has been felt around the world for the past 400 years, it also claims to be the living Word of God,” Rhys-Davies says. more >>
Say good-bye to the NIV Bible as we know it and say hello to the updated, gender-inclusive NIV Bible that debuts in stores this month.
Mega-publisher Zondervan has printed 1.9 million copies of the updated NIV Bible for its first run, up from the original 1.4 million planned.
"This laydown of the NIV update is bigger than we imagined," said Chip Brown, senior vice president of Bibles for Zondervan, to The Christian Post. "A couple of retailers came in a little higher after seeing the marketing and products." more >>
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams is celebrating the influence the King James Bible has had worldwide as its 400th anniversary approaches.
In his New Year’s address to the public, he urged people to see some kind of “big picture” in a “big society” paralleled to their lives regardless of their personal beliefs.
“Whether you're a Christian or belong to another religion or whether you have nothing you'd want to call a religion at all, some kind of big picture matters,” he said. “If we're going to talk about a 'big society,' that'll need a big picture, a picture of what human beings are really like and why they're so unique and precious. This year's anniversary is a chance to stop and think about the big picture – and to celebrate the astonishing contribution made by that book four hundred years ago.” more >>