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The Legacy of the King James Bible: Celebrating 400 Years of the Most Influential English Translation

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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, scien ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 5th 2011 by Crossway Books
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John
Mar 13, 2014 John rated it really liked it
"The Bible" to English speakers from 1611 to the last half of the 20th century meant the King James Bible. So writing about the legacy of the KJV is really a history of the Bible in the English speaking world. I say this, because the legacy of the King James Bible is so broad that we can almost lose sight of it, or take it for granted today.

My first Bible was an NIV edition--so I was of the first generation post-KJV. So while I read from the NIV, the Bible of my pastors was the King James--so I
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Doug Newell
Mar 07, 2011 Doug Newell rated it really liked it
The Legacy of the King James Bible
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Leland Ryken
“But approximation is not duplication.”

“To adapt a quip by Mark Twain (when his death was erroneously reported in a news paper), rumors of the demise of the King James have been greatly exaggerated.”


I was reluctant to purchase this book. I am a little gun shy on reading books about the King James, on either side of the issue. Even when someone who doesn't use the King James praises it for any reason, there is always the obligatory “apology” for pra
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Pastoralmusings
Feb 16, 2011 Pastoralmusings rated it it was amazing
Of all English translations of the Bible, the King James Version is certainly the one which has stood the test of time. Four hundred years after it was first printed, the KJV is still loved by many. This book celebrates the accuracy, beauty, and influence of the King James Version of the Bible.
Ryken gives credit where it is due to both Tyndale and Wycliffe, whose translations laid the foundation for the King James Version. Their desire was to translate the Scriptures faithfully so that English s
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Tori
Jan 28, 2012 Tori rated it liked it
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I am glad I read this book, although it was not quite what I was expecting. This may be the year I learn a lot more about the Bible, as the more I read, the more fascinating it becomes. the author does a good job celebrating the period of time in which the King James Bible was translated, and the influence of previous translations. The influence of the KJV on the culture and literature were not quite as interesting to me. After having finished reading The Message last month, (and not having ...more
Jane
Jan 01, 2016 Jane rated it really liked it
This book was a very thoughtful and reasoned text. It gave emphasis on the KJV in literature which since it did shape English speaking culture, the book has secular appeal as well. KJV ONLY folks will not like the book because the author praises other translations or at least does not criticize them enough!
Laurie
Apr 15, 2012 Laurie rated it really liked it
I took Leland Ryken's Literature of the Bible class while at Wheaton College, and it changed how I read my Bible even today, 30+ years later. Ryken has also helped me to appreciate the significance of the King James Bible, its importance as literature, and the beauty of its language, even though I do not prefer it for Bible reading or study.
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Dr. Ryken has served on the faculty of Wheaton College since 1968. He has published over thirty books and more than one hundred articles and essays, devoting much of his scholarship to Bible translations and the study of the Bible as literature. He served as Literary Chairman for the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible and in 2003 received the distinguished Gutenberg Award for his ...more
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