Happy 400th birthday to an ‘affordable and understandable’ Bible…

In appreciation for its anniversary year my Merseyside colleague Irene Hall has had the following “Thought for the Day” published about the King James Version of the Bible in the Liverpool Daily Post.

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MANY churches have mounted Bible exhibitions this year to mark the four hundredth anniversary of the King James Bible. The original aim was to promote national religious unity, through the work of a team of 54 translators with views ranging from high Anglicanism to Puritanism. While recent media programmes have emphasised this Bible’s contribution to English literature through its memorable phrasing and poetic language, the translators went much further.

They shared a “zeal to promote the common good” – by producing a Bible affordable and understandable, which would bring the kingdom of heaven closer to everyone.

We can still read God’s word with this beautiful prayer: “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law…The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple” (Psalms).

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Categories: Spirituality and Society

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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