Monday, April 18, 2011

Fit for the King

The 400th anniversary of the King James Version (KJV) version of the Bible is being celebrated this year. Lawrence M. Vance has written an excellent background article on it. The King James Bible Trust, whose patron is Prince Charles, was formed specially to commemorate it. And Christopher Hitchens' latest Vanity Fair column is devoted to it.

The title page of the first edition reads like this (I've modernised the spellings and punctuation):


Containing the Old Testament,

Newly Translated out of the Original
tongues: & with the former Translations
diligently compared and revised, by his
Majesty's Special Commandment.

Appointed to be read in Churches.

Imprinted at London by Robert
Barker, Printer to the King's
most Excellent Majesty.

ANNO DOM. 1611.

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