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King James Version


The Authorized King James Version is an English translation of the Christian Holy Bible begun in 1604 and completed in 1611 by the Church of England

In 1604, King James I of England authorized that a new translation of the Bible into English be started.


The result was first printed in 1611, and was 'appointed to be read in churches'. For this purpose, it was published in a large format, suitable for public use, and without illustrations. The use of the antiquated 'black letter' font was intended to add status and authority to the new version.


The Authorized Version, or King James Version, quickly became the standard for English-speaking Protestants. Its flowing language and prose rhythm had a profound influence on the literature of the past 300 years. The King James Version present on the Bible Gateway matches the 1987 printing.

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The Authorized Version was translated primarily from Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic texts, although with secondary reference both to the Latin Vulgate, and to more recent scholarly Latin versions; two books of the Apocrypha were translated from a Latin source.

The King James Version of the Bible remains the most widely published text in the English language.




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