Authorized King James Version of the Bible May 2, 1611 - May 2, 2011
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The development of the Bible in English differs from that of other European vernacular translations. Only England has an "authorised version", issued under the auspices of a king who was also the head of the Church. The vernacular Bible was illegal in England long before the Reformation and so began its development at a great disadvantage, but once England became a Protestant country the translated Bible became a symbol of state.
King James boldly testified of his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and was very concerned about the spiritual well being of his realm. Unbeknownst to many, James I was as much of a reformer as Martin Luther was. This is easily seen when one peruses his Workes, published in 1616. Find out more about King James VI & I at this link.
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James VI & I
Timeline of Selected Events
1380-82 Wycliffe's New Testament and Old Testament published in 1380 and 1382 respectively. 1408 Roman Catholic synod in Oxford, England made it illegal to read the Bible in English without permission of a bishop; the "Constitutions of Oxford" of 1408 noted that translation of Scripture into English is a crime punishable by charges of heresy. 1415 John Huss, follower of Wycliffe, burned at the stake on July 6, 1415 by order of the Roman Catholic "church." 1428 Wycliffe's bones exhumed and burned by order of Pope Martin V. 1455 Gutenberg Bible published - The world's first book printed on a mechanical movable type printing press. 1516 Textus Receptus, the "Received Text", was published. Background: Erasmus (1) examined various Greek manuscripts of the Bible found in the finest libraries in Europe, (2) selected renderings received by the church throughout the ages, and (3) compiled his edition of the Greek New Testament which later became known as the Textus Receptus. 1517 Martin Luther nails his 95 theses on the church doors at Wittenberg marking what most consider the beginning of the Reformation. 1525 William Tyndale's New Testament published. 1536 William Tyndale burned at the stake on October 6, 1536 by King Henry VIII, king of England. 1547 Edward VI, a Protestant (and son of Henry VIII), becomes king of England. 1553 Mary I, a Catholic (and daughter of Henry VIII) becomes queen of England. 1555 Mary I (also known as Bloody Mary) bans Protestant translations of the Bible. John Rogers, Thomas Cranmer, and about 300 men, women, and children are burned to death during her reign. 1558 Bloody Mary dies childless and her sister, Elizabeth I, a Protestant, is crowned queen of England. 1559 Pope Paul IV added Erasmus' works to Rome's index of prohibited books (Index Librorum Prohibitorum). 1566 James Charles Stewart born to Mary Queen of Scots and Lord Darnley on June 19, 1566. 1567 James crowned King James VI of Scotland. 1588 Spanish Armada devastated in Spain's attempt to overthrow Protestant Queen Elizabeth I and make England Roman Catholic. In England, a commemorative medal of the victory was struck with the words, "God blew and they were scattered" inscribed on it--God was magnified for sending the fierce storms that had destroyed much of the fleet of the mighty Spanish Armada. 1603 King James' godmother and cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, dies. James crowned King James I of England. He is now King James VI (Scotland) & I (England). 1604 At the Hampton Court Conference, King James agrees that a new translation of the scriptures is in order. 1605 During the Gunpowder Plot, Roman Catholics--including Jesuits--try to blow up King James and the British Parliament. By miraculous divine intervention, the King discerned the plot (see, A Discourse of the Maner of the Discoverie of the Powder Treason, Joyned With the Examination of Some of the Prisoners," in The Workes, pp. 223-246). 1607 Colonists arrive in Jamestowne, VA. Jamestowne (James' namesake) will go on to become the first permanent English settlement on the American mainland thereby making King James VI & I founding monarch of the United States. 1611 Authorised Version published on May 2, 1611 by the Church of England. 1616 The Workes by King James VI & I published. 1625 James VI & I dies in peace on March 27, 1625; his son Charles I accedes to the British throne. 1649 In January of 1649 King James' son, King Charles I, is executed by order of Puritan Oliver Cromwell and other insurgents after their hostile and short-lived takeover of the British government. Eikon Basilike, or, The King's Book, was written by Charles I during his captivity at Carisbrook Castle in 1648 and published posthumously. It reveals the king's thoughts and Christian character during his imprisonment and impending death.
"Religious truth is imprisoned in a small number of manuscript books which confine instead of spread the public treasure. Let us break the seal which seals up holy things and give wings to Truth in order that she may win every soul that comes into the world by her word, no longer written at great expense by hands easily palsied, but multiplied like the wind by an untiring machine."
Johann Gutenberg, c. 1455
inventor of the movable-type printing press
Timeline of English Bibles Translated from the Textus Receptus (Received Text)
1525 Tyndale 1535 Coverdale 1537 Matthews 1539 Great (Chain) Bible (chained in the church to prevent theft) 1560 Geneva 1568 Bishops 1611 Authorized
"I would have the weakest woman read the Gospels and Epistles of St. Paul... I would have those words translated into all languages, so that not only Scots and Irishmen, but Turks and Saracens might read them."
--Desiderius ErasmusErasmus was a brillant Dutch scholar and reformer in his own right who: (1) examined and compared various Greek manuscripts found in the finest libraries in Europe, (2) selected those renderings received by the true church throughout the ages, and (3) compiled and published his own edition of the Greek New Testament which later became known as the, "Textus Receptus"--The Received Text. The Textus Receptus was consulted during the translation of Reformation era Bibles including the Authorised Version and represents readings found in the overwhelming majority of Greek texts available in the world today. On the other hand, modern Bible versions such as the NIV are based on a small number of dissenting, obscure, minority manuscripts that disagree with the majority of extant (available) Greek manuscripts at many points and lean toward Roman Catholic readings. Some question the authenticity of Codex Sinaiticus, one of the manuscripts that a number of modern versions are based on. Some modern Bible versions appear to be based on little more than the authors' own imaginations.Keywords: KJV 1611, Authorised Version, 400th, year, anniversary, Authorized King James Bible, UK, King James Version, history, KJV, 2011, Christian history, holy Bible, Authorized Version, 1611 - 2011James I, Great Britain, James VI & I.