Bible: King James Version
The King James Version of the Bible is one of the cornerstones of Christianity. After abortive attemptst to bring the Bible to the masses, often by pain of death, it was finally offered to the populace of Britain by Charles I of Britain.
As espoused by the papacy, to ensure the flock was obedient, you must ensure that knowledge was controlled. Having already lost some great measure of authority to rising Protestantism, the public publication of the complete Bible under James I offered a future of schism and sectarian development, as different interpretations were developed of the same text, and self-appointed Messiahs came and went over the following centuries. Religious authority would ever be challenged, as the common populace was empowered which what was commonly held to be the “Word of God”. As they did so, different people heard ever different messages. The Christian Chruch would be forever denominationalised.
The publication of the Bible was one of the turning points not simply of Christian, but also world history, as the self-empowered Christian nations took varieties of Protestantism across the globe. This was especially the case in North America, where hardline Protestant sects fled to the New World, after the failure of Parliament in Britain. It was as if the promise of God’s land and rule given in Revelations. Protestantism would carve the face of American politics even into our world today.
The King James Version of the Bible is not a great translation in scholarly terms. There is great potential for error, and sections are overwhelmingly contested by the expanding knowledge of the texts that followed its publication. Other translations have attempted to correct this, only to then be accused of simply forcing different interpretations according to various bias and agenda.
In discussions and debates, the KingJames Version of the Bible remains the most often quoted, and most often expoused by the more fundamentalist believers, who shore themselves from the later manipulations of translations. IT also remains one of the few versions of the Bible whose distribution is not entirely covered by international copyright. Here, then, is presented in it’s entirety, the King James Version of the Bible – the KJV.
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