A “Thought for the Day” on a great source of thoughts…for 400 years!

My colleague, Irene Hall – Christian Science Committee on Publication for Merseyside – is a weekly contributor to “Thought for the Day” in the Liverpool Daily Post.   She has just had the following item published in anticipation of next year’s anniversary of the King James Version of the Holy Scriptures.

CELEBRATIONS are being planned for the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible next year. In spite of its vivid and direct language, the King James Bible is now little used in Christian worship although it still features in Sunday services in Christian Science churches (though, increasingly, modern translations are used for mid-week services).

The King James Bible translators wanted a Bible which sounded good, with phrases easy to remember and hard to forget. When Mary Baker Eddy chose it for services in the church she founded, she was careful not to emphasise “the letter” over “the spirit”. The first tenet of Christian Science states: “As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life”. It’s the inspiration which matters – whichever translation we use.

Thanks, Irene for sharing this “Thought for the Day”from your love of the Bible’s spiritual meaning and impact!

A group in the UK called The 2011 Trust has a more diverse focus for their appreciation.  While it “has been established to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible which was completed in 1611″ its stated aim is “to celebrate its impact in history and on language, particularly in this country, but also throughout the English speaking world.”

The video on the opening page of the 2011 Trust website includes words of praise for the King James Version of the Bible from this broader perspective.  It includes tributes from London Mayor Boris Johnson and writer/broadcaster Joan Bakewell, among other luminaries.   The website even includes an affirmative quote from religions-averse author Richard Dawkins: “Not to know the King James Bible is to be, in some small way, barbarian.”

I would have to add to those words that I don’t feel I really knew the King James Bible until my understanding was opened to the most vital spiritual meaning of the Scriptures, which can bring profound moral and physical healing. For the many, many times it has done that for me I can only be very, very grateful, and say a slightly premature…

Happy 400th birthday, KJV!


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Author:Tony Lobl

I write and speak on spirituality from my perspective as a Christian Science practitioner. I am also an Associate Editor for the Christian Science periodicals. I studied at the University of Surrey earning a BSc Hons Degree in Modern Mathematics before the impact of spirituality on health caught my attention and re-shaped my career.

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2 Comments on “A “Thought for the Day” on a great source of thoughts…for 400 years!”

  1. Sandi
    November 3, 2010 at 9:33 pm #

    I had not realized the role the King James Bible played in uniting English-speaking people who took that wonderful book all over the globe and read it in their new countries regardless of their particular Christian faith.

    Irene did a lovely job of explaining the balance Christian Science churches are seeking between honoring the King James Bible, while delivering their message in a language understandable 400 years later.

    Perhaps there is no other translation that does justice to the 23rd Psalm so well as the King James.

  2. November 4, 2010 at 12:32 am #

    Thanks, Sandi. It was certainly great hearing it read in the way it is on the video on the 2011 Trust website. I have had soooooooo many healing experiences from that Psalm! Well, a few, at least! 🙂 Thinking of its effect over the centuries since it was first written is beyond grasping. Cheers.

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