Russ Jones – OneNewsNow – 1/28/2011 4:30:00 AM
The year 2011 marks the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. Since its publication, it has remained the all-time bestselling book in the English language.
By an order of King James in 1604, approximately 50 scholars compiled the King James Bible, which was first published on May 5, 1611. Jason Georges, executive director of the Bible Nation Society, says the King James Bible very quickly became the accepted Bible in the English language.
“William Tyndale was actually burned at the stake for wanting to translate the Bible into the English language,” notes Georges. “It’s hard to imagine that we had an English culture without an English Bible — and yet his dying words as he burned on that stake were, ‘O Lord, open the king’s eyes.’
“And it was a very few short years later that…we have the king of England, King James I, commissioning and bringing together the smartest and best translators in the world.”
Though many different versions of the Bible have been published, Georges says people are drawn to the King James Version.
“…It seems like the more you become familiar with the Bible, there’s just that drawing back to the King James Bible and the beauty [with] which it says things,” says Georges. “Not only is it a superior translation or a great translation, the King James Bible was originally translated in Britain to be read aloud.”
Over 250 English idioms originate for the King James Version. The first English Bible printed in North America was the King James Bible printed by the U.S. Congress.
The Bible Nation Society will host a number of events in Washington D.C. the first week of May to celebrate the historic anniversary. In addition, the National Mall display will include a rare first-edition 1611 King James Bible as well as other artifacts. Congressional support is anticipated with a House Resolution to recognize the anniversary. The King James Bible 2011 EXPO is May 2-3, 2011, in Washington, DC.