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The New Testament (King James Version)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  1,219 ratings  ·  135 reviews
John Drury's clear, marvelously erudite, and richly detailed introduction to the Everyman's Library edition of The New Testament reminds us why the King James Version, first published in 1611, has been the favorite of English readers for centuries. Despite a plethora of new translations in the second half of the twentieth century, the King James Version retains its power a ...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published March 2nd 1999 by Everyman's Library
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Douglas Wilson
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scripture
Of course you don't evaluate Scripture when you are done reading through it, the way you can do with other books. But you can evaluate translations. My base translation is the KJV, but I frequently alternate with other versions for my regular reading. This read smoothly, and was not unlike the KJV. ...more
Oct 28, 2016 rated it liked it
A zombie invasion, Jesus healing people with spit, prophet-slave-girls, wizards ... When you read the bible as literature and not scripture you will notice that the Bible isn't a very Christian book, and you will realize that Christianity in the generations after Jesus was even more diverse than it is to day.

The first third of the NT is the gospels, four quite different accounts of the life of Jesus. Mark is the story about a foul-tempered wizard. Luke is the oriental fairy tale of a mystic, int
Mark Stephenson
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Jesus is peerless - but not friendless. Indeed a measure of what makes him without peer is the huge number of good and noble people who have aspired and still aspire to friendship with him. And whether friend, enemy or simply stranger to Jesus, what an infinite Friend and Advocate every human being has in the peerless only begotten Son of our Father which is in heaven! "Since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be ...more
Daniel Polansky
Look, I don’t want to start a religious war here, and I’m not a believer so it’s not like I really have a dog in the fight, but there’s just nothing in this to match the sheer aesthetic genius of Genesis, let alone the brutal profundity of Job or Ecclesiastes. On the other hand, Matthew 6:17 is kinda my jam.
Sep 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished reading this over a week ago. I have been pondering what I wanted to say here about my experience. I bought a self contained, soft-cover copy of the New Testament. It seemed surprisingly small to me. It’s only 404 pages. The book is only about 3/8ths of an inch thick. Contained within those four hundred plus pages is the testimony of the men who walked and talked with the Savior of the World. They bear their witness of His mortal life and His divine mission.

Within these pages’ one fi
Daniel Roberts
I'm not sure I like what breaking the Bible into the Old and New Testaments to boost my yearly read count says about me.

I'm also not sure I like Paul very much.
Jan 15, 2016 added it
Shelves: myth-folklore
Well, everyone knows the story: Conceived by a substance surrounding and exceeding everything and everyone, a child is born into an impoverished family in a barren land. Yet three wise travellers know the child to be the one who is awaited and foretold by the prophecy. Many years his whereabouts are uncertain, but he does return: grown up and with a reputation that precedes him. He returns to the capital in a fashion that makes everyone take notion of him: with passion and fire and vigour, commi ...more
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first time I've read the New Testament straight through. I started with the gospels and once I finished I was like, what the heck. Let's just keep going.

Reading through the NT, verse by verse, book by book, puts the tenets of Christianity in a whole new light. Too many Christians swallow whatever comes from a pulpit (and yes, Fox News counts). The only way to get the real story--the real truth--is to read it.

The NT is definitely a time consuming read, especially if you're just read
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I don’t think I ever read the entire Bible in 12 years of Catholic school. In this version, some Books were narrated by Edward Herrmann and LeVar Burton, so those were easy to listen to. Other narrators were more difficult to listen to, so I definitely plan on sitting down and reading The Bible one day.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
As a Christian, I love the Gospels, but a lot of Paul's words are a real slog. ...more
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a treat to re-read the New Testament this year; to focus on the life and teachings of the Savior and to rediscover many great writings of the Apostles.
Kaju Janowski
Dec 31, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians
Shelves: classics
Reading this book as an agnostic I thought I would find something of philosophical value, some sort of set of ideas that would help me understand myself and the world I live in. Sadly, it was not the case.
It was not all-for-nothing though. I did learn about differences in Christianity and Judaism, got to know about St Paul's devotion and got a closer look on Jesus's motives. In my personal opinion I recognised Jesus as a philosopher and I respect his willingness to improve people's life experien
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DM rules for Jesus Christ. May have gimped him on some of these.


Level: 3
School: Abjuration
Components: V, A
Range: Touch
Casting Time: 1 round
Duration: Permanent
Saving Throw: None
Target: touched creature
Class: Cleric

The creature touched has most kinds of blindness entirely removed.


Level: 2 
School: Abjuration
Casting Time: 1 action
Range: Touch
Components: V A
Duration: Instantaneous
Classes: Bard, Cleric, Druid, Paladin, Ranger

You touch a creature and can end either one
Andrew Fairweather
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit; for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.” —2 Corinthians 3:6

“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.” —Galatians 3:13

“And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.” —Mark 1:22

“For the law was given by Moses, but grace and tr
Oct 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very useful text. Basically you have *most* words that occur 30 times or less in the apparatus beneath the text. The author also defines some more common words that take an unusual form or unusual meaning. There is an appendix in the back for words that occur more than 30 times.

The editor does a pretty good job. Frequently he also defines idioms that occurs - though not always.

This is an ideal text for a late second year.

There are some irksome features of the text. First, many times the edit
One of my favorite scriptures in the New Testament is in Romans 8, starting with verse 31: "What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?...Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?...Nay, in all these things are we more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things ...more
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
Bit of a mishmash really. Lots of familiar stories, an insight into the values of the times, much repetition. Some wonderful resonant language. Much of it is of no particular interest unless you're a student of religion or have some other reason to read it. As a general reader I found it more of a slog than, say, James Joyce's Ulysses (and some of it frankly more bewildering too). Not something I'd want to recommend or read again, but at least it's a 'great book' to tick off my list. ...more
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual
Definitely one of he greatest books ever. Its entire purpose exists in helping mankind achieve their best. I sure hope I'm not at my best but I know that abiding by these teachings I will get there.

This time through I listened to this amazing book and it is quite fascinating how you hear things different when you listen to it.
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion, fantasy
Ok, parts where they where just giving you numbers of candlesticks in jerusalems temple where extremely boring, but they were kind a balanced by whole murderous rest of the book. But most of it were still boring. And full of contradictions.
Lisa Brown
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, religious
The beautiful history of the birth, life and teachings, as well as the resurrection of Jesus Christ, as well as the history of his apostles. I have read this multiple times, but it always touches my heart and strengthens my faith in my Savior.
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: in-translation
You know, honestly, I thought there'd be more Jesus in this. ...more
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't often review religious texts, but I have been making a concerted effort in the past year to finish the scripture books I begin. I appreciate focused study, but the consistency of reading cover to cover has meant a lot lately. This is why I started "The New Testament" as we began the Come Follow Me study program.

It's harder for me to listen to The New Testament than The Book of Mormon, but I'm glad to have revisited the four Gospels again. Their nuanced descriptions of the Savior's life a
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gregory Peck has a wonderful sonorous voice, perfect for the stately elevated diction of the King James Version. I'm familiar with the King James New Testament from my English major, English teacher, and ministry school days. I'm definitely a fan of the narratives as in the Gospels and Revelation. I had forgotten how much a struggle it was for me to be engaged with the various epistles. We only ever read short passages in church; while I appreciated learning context, I really wasn't feeling them ...more
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truly, truly, I tell you: with this book I am well pleased. An excellent modern translation which (almost) allows the original text to be understood - apart from the Book of Revelations which is some of the craziest shit I've ever read and is SURELY the psychedelic ramblings of a monk who doesn't take the opportunity to leave his monastery basement as often as he should. I also feel there are an unnecessarily large number of Epistles in the book (over half the book is just letters!), however I u ...more
Ellis Atwood
Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Um, am I allowed to rate this less than a 5? The gospels were good, but the epistles, particularly the early ones, were full of pointless meandering and really cryptic passages. I guess my beef is not with the King James Version, but with the fact that it is still commonly used, despite archaic language, cryptic passages, and unending barriers to understanding. Insisting on this older version just seems so exclusionary to your average person who doesn’t have a strong grasp of Shakespearean Engli ...more
Brenda Christensen
I studied the N.T. this year in church and have a new found love and appreciate for this book, and for the Savior who is, of course, the main subject. There are so many reminders of how to live a good, purposeful life. I have filled its margins and pages with highlights and notes, starred favorite passages, and included quotes as well. I will be turning to its pages often. It reaffirms my belief that through Jesus Christ, there can be peace in my life today and every day.
first time reading again since becoming latterday saint. i read it as part of a challenge to read the standard works. i was really impressed this time with the writings of paul. understanding the anchient church through the lens of the restored church really made quite a difference in the meaning of some of the verses.
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While I had always heard the biblical stories as a child and studied them in pieces, this was my first time reading the New Testament (KJV) from start to finish. Putting the different stories in context has given me a greater understanding of the book and those of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, especially as they were applied by his followers in that meridian of time.
Elizabeth Hensley
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This will be read and re-read throughout my life sometimes just in verses or chapters or books within the book. So really I will never be finished reading The New Testament along with The Old Testament The Holy Bible
Joel San George
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I Love God,God is Great and Powerful.Amen
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