This is the amazing story of a Scottish King who became king of all of England and this translation he supervised in order to unite the divided church the empire. The most appropriate and excellent  English narrator, James Naughtie tells the story of the King James Bible and its literary legacy. I was pleasantly surprised to see how a godly tutor and educator was able to form the mind of the boy king James of Scotland, until he became a politician, a reasoned and erudite intellectual, a theologian who “thrived on argument and debate”, a man of wisdom to be reckoned with and a King truly concerned about the ungodly division of the protestant Anglican and Puritan churches of his kingdom. He thought this new translation of the Bible could unite his kingdom.

The translation process took over 50 scholars 7 years to produce.  The movie shows amazing details and background of the advanced scholarship that went into this most excellent of translations. Here is part of the background summary in Wikipedia: The King James Version (KJV), also known as the King James Bible (KJB) or simply the Authorized Version (AV), is an English translation of the Christian Bible for the Church of England begun in 1604 and completed in 1611.[a] The books of the King James Version include the 39 books of the Old Testament, an intertestamental section containing 14 books of the Apocrypha (most of which correspond to books in the Vulgate Deuterocanon adhered to by Roman Catholics), and the 27 books of the New Testament.

It was first printed by the King’s Printer Robert Barker and was the third translation into English approved by the English Church authorities. The first had been the Great Bible, commissioned in the reign of King Henry VIII (1535), and the second had been the Bishops’ Bible of 1568.[3] In January 1604, James VI and I convened the Hampton Court Conference, where a new English version was conceived in response to the problems of the earlier translations perceived by the Puritans,[4] a faction of the Church of England.[5] The translation is noted for its “majesty of style”, and has been described as one of the most important books in English culture[6] and a driving force in the shaping of the English-speaking world.[7]

 

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