1611 Edition Hardcover – Jun 1 1982
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Shortly after inheriting the throne of England in the midst of violent religious strife, King James I called together the country's leading churchmen and theologians at Hampton Court, "for the hearing, and for the determining, of things pretended to be amiss in the Church."
Out of that conference came the memorable decision to commission a new translation of the Holy Scriptures. King James I eagerly approved the idea in the hope that this new translation might help avert civil war by uniting the religious factions within his country. The uniform translation, since called the "King James Version," dramatically affected the course of development of the English-speaking world.
Nelson's reprint of the King James Version of the Bible is a faithful reproduction of the original text set in modern typeface for better readability. The decorative initials and border designs are from a 1911 edition.
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Now for the good part. For the price, this is a treasure. Much to be valued is the "Translators to the Reader" section which is missing from almost all KB bibles of today and is SO IMPORTANT to help understand the minds and views of these great men. To sum it up, they claimed no exclusivity as to the rights of an inspired version of the bible. In their words, "Now to the latter we answer; that we do not deny, nay we affirm and avow, that the very meanest translation of the Bible in English, set forth by men of our profession, containeth the word of God, nay, is the word of God."
I considered the Vintage Archives KJV 1611 Replica, but I have their Geneva Bible 1560 Facsimile and am a little disappointed in the quality of the printing and paper. I knew with Nelson that the quality would be acceptable and I am not disappointed.
I love this old book! No other more beautiful version of the bible--a gift from God to man!
The only downside I would give to this text is that it lacks the feel of an actual "1611" Authorized King James Bible, but that's merely from a materialistic point of view. Nonetheless, when I read it(despite the various spelling, punctuation, and textual changes compared to a 1769 revision), I pray that the Holy Spirit giveth me the understanding when I read it.
The changes between the 1611 and the 1769 revisions, aren't so much revisions as they are corrections. Don't be fooled by the King James Bible attackers of today and tomorrow. Rather than follow their ignorant philisophies, find out for thyself. I'll finish my review with three scriptures from the 1611 text, and then compare them with a 1769 revision. You will find very little difference.
Beware lest any man spoile you through Philosophie and vaine deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ: Colossians 2:8
Studie to shewe thy selfe approued vnto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly diuiding the word of trueth. II Timothy 2:15
But the anointing which ye haue receiued of him, abideth in you: and yee need not that any man teach you: But, as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is trueth, and is no lye: and euen as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
II John 2:27
Using a side by side comparison, I have seen very little differance in the readings.
The original font used was 18th century, so the lowercase 's' looked simular to an 'f'. U & V were interchangable (hence why we call 'W' a double-u), and D looked like a greek Delta. Also is the fact that a standard of spelling was not formed, so words were spelled many different ways.
In essence, the King James Version of 1769 is only a touchup to the 1611 edition. It's still the same Bible.
This 1611 Edition of the King James Version of the Bible is just like the modern edition but with old spelling and some things that are not found in the modern edition. As a comparison, these are the openings of the book of Matthew between the two editions:
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW
1 THE book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO S.Matthew
C H A P. I.
1 The genealogie of Christ from Abraham to Ioseph. 18 Hee was conceiued by the holy Ghost, and borne of the Virgin Mary when she was espoused to Ioseph. 19 The Angel satisfieth the misdeeming thoughts of Ioseph, and interpreteth the names of Christ.
T H E booke of the * generation of Iesus Christ , the sonne of Dauid, the sonne of Abraham.
Here are some pros and cons for this 1611 Edition:
- In addition to the Old Testament and the New Testament, the Apochrypha is also in here
- The old spelling, punctuation, and grammar is in this edition
- The text is set at modern type, so it can be read easily
- There are some footnotes at the sides
- The Bible is in hardcover.
- The pages are too thin; it seems like they can be wrinkled very easily
- The words are small
- The words of Jesus Christ are not in red letters--this is NOT a Red Letter Edition
- Quotes are opened with star symbol (i.e. *) but no * symbol is used to close the quote; this might make it hard for some readers, like myself, to know where one particular quote ends
- This edition is expensive; I recommend getting it through Amazon.com,...
Overall, I recommend this Edition--what a great reprint!
Most recent customer reviews
It is great to finaly see the actual AV1611 in complete form. I own many individual leafs from many early KJBs (1612 the earliest), but the beauty starts to blossom when you can... Read morePublished on March 8 2002 by T. Mackel
This is the best English version of the Bible for the simple reason that it was translated before the "Enligntenent" also known as the "Age of Reason. Read morePublished on Dec 18 2001
A nationÕs intellectual heritage laid out in a bazaar: The older Isaiah, a near contemporary to Homer and truly a poetic genius of the highest order; the younger Isaiah, an... Read morePublished on June 1 2001 by Michael Sympson
Many critics of the perfect Bible like to point out that the original King James had the Apocrypha in it. Read morePublished on April 18 2001 by Dale Harris
Verily, it is said that thou art not supposed to take this literally. The stories of the Creation, the Flood, Moses' parting of the Red Sea, etc. etc. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2001 by firstname.lastname@example.org
After studying many English versions of the Bible for the last 35 years, and having been involved in the ongoing study of source documents and translations, I highly recommend the... Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2001
While this is the copy of the BIBLE used by most non catholic's,it is not a catholic BIBLE. It is not approved by the church.Published on Dec 4 2000 by Eleanor JFrederick