This is a history of the King James Version of the Bible (known in Britain as the Authorised Version) over the four hundred years from its remote beginnings to the present day.
Gordon Campbell, expert in Renaissance literatures, tells the fascinating and complex story of how this translation came to be commissioned, of who the translators were, and of how the translation was accomplished. The story does not end with the printing of that first edition, but introduces the subsequent generations who edited and interacted with the text. The present text of the King James Version differs in thousands of small details from the original edition. Campbell traces the textual
history from 1611 to the establishment of the modern text by Oxford University Press in 1769.
Attitudes to the King James Version have shifted through time and territory, ranging from adulation to deprecation and attracting the attention of a wide variety of adherents. It is more widely read in America today than in any other country, and its particular history in there is given due attention.
Generously illustrated with reproductions taken from early editions, this volume helps to explain the enduring popularity of the King James Version throughout the world today.
Gordon Campbell's BIBLE received a review in the August 2011 issue of CHOICE, where the reviewer said, "All told, Campbell's flair for the interesting anecdote and careful painting of context makes this an informative, compelling biography for both scholars and general readers of the premiere English Bible." ." . . an informative, compelling, biography for both scholars and general readers of the premierer English Bible. . . Highly Recommended."--Choice."..Campbell's flair for the interesting anecdote amd careful painting of context makes this an informative, compelling biography for both scholars and general readers of the premiere English Bible"--S. Young, McHenry Country College"Campbell does a great job thoughout the book showing how the KJV is the most important book in the English. I highly recomment Bible, THe Story of the King James Version by Gordon Campbell from Oxford University Press."-- Randy A. Brown ."..KJV is the translation that is a building block of our collective cultural heritage."--Jon Sweeney"Campell has set out to write a historically accurate and scholarly informaed account of the origins development, and reception of this most famous of English Bibles, and has succeeded admirably in that task."--Alister E. McGrath. Kings College London."..intensely political story detailed so well by Norton and Campbell...."---Mark Noll, Books Culture"Valuable and enlightening."--Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology