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A bit of KJV History

One of the greatest ironies of history, is that many Protestant Christian churches today embrace the King James Bible exclusively as the “only� legitimate English language translation… yet it is not even a Protestant translation! It was printed to compete with the Protestant Geneva Bible, by authorities who throughout most of history were hostile to Protestants… and killed them.


3 replies on “A bit of KJV History”

Yup, I knew that. It was pretty interesting to learn about, too.

I was thinking about buying the Geneva translation from Monergism, but I dunno. I already have three Bibles and I want the NASB and should probably have the KJV because of my concordance. Unless I seel my current concordance and get one designed specifically for the NASB.

Rick: One thing you need to keep in mind is that all history is the result of God’s will, and the Geneva Bible was just one of various English bibles that had no permanent tenure. These temporary versions were simply steps leading to the final product, the KJV that permanently superseded the others as the English standard. Nonetheless, these temporary versions were of high quality, and their renderings, especially those of Tyndale, via the Bishops’ Bible, were preserved in the KJV, as long as they properly reflected the Greek and the Hebrew & Aramaic.

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