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Originally published in 1611, the King James Bible (KJB) remains the most recognizable piece of literature in the English-speaking world today. For over three centuries, it served as the standard English Bible and has, as such, exerted unparalleled influence on English and American culture in nearly every sphere—including education, law, literature, government, art, science, and religion.
The Legacy of the King James Bible honors the 400th anniversary of the KJB’s publication by telling its story—a drama that starts with the pioneering work of William Tyndale and progresses through half a dozen other popular translations. Leland Ryken, an expert on the Bible as literature, explores the excellence of the King James Bible by examining its status as the climax of a century of English Bible translations, its impression on the subsequent history of Bible translation, its inherent literary excellence, and its overall impact on English and American literature and culture. The Legacy of the King James Bible will shed new light on the depth of the translation’s merit and influence and offer insight as to what its role may be in the next 400 years.
About the Author
Leland Ryken is professor of English at Wheaton College and has written or edited numerous books, including The Word of God in English, The Dictionary of Biblical Imagery, and The Complete Literary Guide to the Bible. Ryken served as literary stylist for The Holy Bible, English Standard Version.
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Originally published in 1611, the King James Bible (KJB) remains the most recognizable piece of literature in the English-speaking world today. For over three centuries, it served as the standard English Bible and has, as such, exerted unparalleled influence on English and American culture in nearly every sphereincluding education, law, literature, government, art, science, and religion.
The Legacy of the King James Bible honors the 400th anniversary of the KJBs publication by telling its storya drama that starts with the pioneering work of William Tyndale and progresses through half a dozen other popular translations. Leland Ryken, an expert on the Bible as literature, explores the excellence of the King James Bible by examining its status as the climax of a century of English Bible translations, its impression on the subsequent history of Bible translation, its inherent literary excellence, and its overall impact on English and American literature and culture. The Legacy of the King James Bible will shed new light on the depth of the translations merit and influence and offer insight as to what its role may be in the next 400 years.
BereanChelan Falls, WAAge: 55-65Gender: male1 Stars Out Of 5More lies about the BibleJanuary 21, 2012BereanChelan Falls, WAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1There are two groups of what are called "Original Documents". One group is what I call the "DP" for Deliberate Perversions. The other group is what I call the TR for Textus Receptus. (Scholars usually use "TR" to refer only to the Greek texts, but I am using "TR" generically to refer to the original documents. After all, it's a Latin phrase that means "received text".) Tyndale's work is much like the work of translating today. It was laborious, but he translated from the DP, so it has no real value. The KJB was translated from the TR. ALL modern translations are translated from the DP. 2000 years ago, God stopped writing His Word in Hebrew and started writing His Word in Greek. This outraged the Hebrews and to this day, they do not recognize that God's Word was actually written in a Gentile language, unless of course, they are saved. God has promised to preserve His Word. God did NOT promise to preserve His Word in Hebrew or even Greek for that matter. 400 years ago, God stopped preserving His Word in Greek and Hebrew and started preserving it in English. It makes perfect sense that He would choose to do so. There was no reason for Him to preserve it in Hebrew, as the Hebrews rejected the Messiah. And Greek was no longer the language of World commerce, but the British Empire carried the English language and the Bible all over the World. The King James Bible is NOT merely an English translation and it is NOT a "version". It was called only "The Holy Bible" for more than 200 years and was not called the KJV until the counterfeit versions began to proliferate about 200 years ago. ALL translations since 1611 have been counterfeit, each one worse than the next. Only the KJB can be called "The Word of God". Bible colleges COULD NOT EXIST except that they tell their students that the Bible is full of mistakes that can only be corrected by books for sale in the college bookstore. The defamation of the KJB by Bible colleges is responsible for the sick state of the Church today. When God calls a man to preach, Psalm One forbids him to go to Bible college. The KJB is perfect, without mistakes. It can be trusted. Anyone who recognizes any new version can not be trusted. "Ryken served as literary stylist for The Holy Bible, English Standard VersionÂ®." Ryken's book contains some truth, but it is written in a way that does not recognize that the KJB is God's perfectly preserved Word and the only Bible that can be called the Word of God. If you compare all the versions to the KJB, you will notice that the versions compare favorably with each other and the KJB stands alone in perfect doctrine. Then, I ask you to notice the NATURE of the differences between the versions and the KJB. If you are saved, you will clearly see the heresy in ALL the new versions. Don't believe the lies that people write about the KJB and the new versions. Compare and see for yourself. Use any search engine and search for KJV vs NIV. You will easily find plenty of comparisons. A final note: I have learned that most people who claim to be KJB-only don't know why. They are just members of a club. If you love God and you want to love His Word, you will be thrilled to learn, as I was that God has provided a perfect Bible in English, the KJB. Find one without any margin notes. God bless you in your study and practice of God's Holy Word.
Howard Sides5 Stars Out Of 5April 11, 2011Howard SidesQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This book is full of detailed information about the history behind the 1611 Authorized Version. Although the author seems to contradict himself in several places it is just like any material you read - you have to "pick out the bones" every now and then.
ToddOklahoma City, OKAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5CaptivatingMarch 1, 2011ToddOklahoma City, OKAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I never expected a book about a certain translation of the Bible could be so enthralling. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I was captivated by the story of how the King James Bible came to be from the first page. Leland Ryken does a superb job of tracing the history of English translations then showing the remarkable influence that the King James Version has had over the years. I started the book as someone who felt the KJV was a relic of the past, but by the end of the book I had a new appreciation and love for the King James Version.
Brad5 Stars Out Of 5Enjoyed the bookFebruary 27, 2011BradQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5It was nice to read about the history of the King James Bible. I grew up on the KJV, but have since switched versions. Yet, many of the verses I know by heart I recall from the KJV.
I think we forget how important the KJV was in getting the Bible to the masses since we have so many versions readily accessible today.
Ricky Kirk4 Stars Out Of 5Great source for any pastorFebruary 15, 2011Ricky KirkQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5This year marks the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. Not only is it one of the most important translations within Christian history, it also has contributed greatly to language, culture, and literature. Ryken brings solid research, a background in literature, and his love for God's Word together in this well-written summary of the history and legacy of the King James Bible. Beginning with earlier English translations that contributed to the King James, Ryken explores how that particular translation became the predominant translation in its day, even though it wasn't necessarily the preferred by particular groups of believers. From here, Ryken details the influence the King James had in future Bible translations, language, culture and literature. While their exists a plethora of translations today, the King James has (some would argue until recently) been at the top of the mountain in preferred translations. While its use might be waning, its influence will continue to impact future generations. While scholarly, researched, and footnoted, 'The Legacy of the King James Bible' is a book that any who loves the KJV of the Bible would enjoy, whether scholar, pastor, or the church member who just wants to understand more about the most influential Bible in English history.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Crossway as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."