The King James Bible
The King James Bible is also known as the Authorized Version (AV) or the King
James Version (KJV). It is one of the oldest Christian Bibles in history since its history dates
way back in 1604 when King James 1 of England gave orders that there be a new Bible
translation into English and this was achieved in 1611. It was widely accepted by many
people in England due to its great use of English literary devices, flowing language and also
its simplicity since any common person could easily understand it (Thomas Nelson
Publishers.). The AV became the standard Bible for many Christians in England from the mid
17th century to early 20th century. The King James Bible has three sections namely the Old
Testament, New Testament and an intertestamental section. Old Testament has 39 books
while the New Testament has 27 books. Lastly, the intertestamental section has 14 books of
the Apocrypha (Scofield and Rikkers). In this essay I will be discussing important events of
the KJV and how it became to be one of the most influential Bible ever in history and its
impact on the English language and the world in general.
As highlighted earlier on, the KJV of the Bible was published almost four centuries
ago and it has been described by many scholars as the perfect masterpiece that manifests the
English language in a way never seen before by any author even the famous Shakespeare.
The New Testament of the King James Bible was translated from Greek while the Old
Testament was translated from Aramaic and Hebrew. The intertestamental section which has
the Apocrypha was translated from both Greek and Latin. Ironically, its primary author
William Tyndale was later executed by way of hanging on church orders and his body burned
down to ashes (Scofield and Rikkers).
The reason why the King James Bible’s primary author was Tyndale is because 80%
of the Bible’s Old Testament and New Testaments were the work of William. Tyndale was a
famous scholar, a linguist as well as a priest who was determ...