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King James Bible: The Movie to come out on DVD April 5

Politics. Intrigue. Murder.  The history of the King James Bible is filled with action and political intrigue. Here's a tidbit of history by Dr. Laurence Vance:

The Bishop's Bible of 1568, although it may have eclipsed the Great Bible, was still rivaled by the Geneva Bible. Nothing ever became of this draft during the reign of Elizabeth, who died in 1603, and was succeeded by James 1, as the throne passed from the Tudors to the Stuarts. James was at that time James VI of Scotland, and had been for thirty-seven years. He was born during the period between the Geneva and the Bishop's Bible.

One of the first things done by the new king was the calling of the Hampton Court Conference in January of 1604 "for the hearing, and for the determining, things pretended to be amiss in the church." Here were assembled bishops, clergymen, and professors, along with four Puritan divines, to consider the complaints of the Puritans. Although Bible revision was not on the agenda, the Puritan president of Corpus Christi College, John Reynolds, "moved his Majesty, that there might be a new translation of the Bible, because those which were allowed in the reigns of Henry the eighth, and Edward the sixth, were corrupt and not answerable to the truth of the Original."The king rejoined that he: 

"Could never yet see a Bible well translated in English; but I think that, of all, that of Geneva is the worst. I wish some special pains were taken for an uniform translation, which should be done by he best learned men in both Universities, then reviewed by the Bishops, presented to the Privy Council, lastly ratified by the Royal authority, to be read in the whole Church, and none other."

Accordingly, a resolution came forth:

"That a translation be made of the whole Bible, as consonant as can be to the original Hebrew and Greek; and this to be set out and printed, without any marginal notes, and only to be used in all churches of England in time of divine service."


Acclaimed actor John Rhys-Davies hosts this extraordinary story behind the best-selling book in the world – the King James Version of the Bible.

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About Diane Yoder

Diane is a religion and literature scholar with a special interest in Puritanism in American history, indigenous faiths, and the various ways religion appears in movies and music. She holds a Master's degree in Literature and Theology, having studied under one of the foremost scholars in the field of theology and literature from the University of Glasgow.
  • Wow! I haven't even heard of this until reading your article. I know there is usually a discussion regarding the KJV Bible and other versions. I'd love to see the history behind this translation and learn more about the people involved! Thank you for this post!

    • You're so welcome! I'm looking forward to watching it myself!

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