I’m a little late as it’s 2012, but it’s never too late to be part of the celebration of 400 years of the King James Bible.
Go to http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/1611-Bible/ to learn more.
Celebrate the Book that has Changed the World.
For 400 years, the King James Bible has impacted millions of people, influenced culture, and transcended numerous generations.
With more than 6 billion copies published, the Bible is the most popular book in the world, and the King James Bible is the most published Bible translation. Its inspired words has brought peace, joy, and hope to millions of people and is regarded today as one of the most accurate translations.
§ The Bible is the best selling and most distributed book of all time. Estimated more than 6 billion copies published1
§ Originally written in 3 languages: Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic2
§ Written over a span of 1,000 or more years3
§ Written by more than 40 authors, including kings, prophets, poets, musicians, and fisherman4
§ Books include letters, poetry, songs, legal documentation, eyewitness accounts, biographies, historical literature and documents5
§ Translated into 2,454 languages of the world’s estimated 6,500 total languages6
§ It is commonly believed that the writing of the Old and New Testament was inspired by God
King James Bible Facts
§ The most popular Bible translation; an estimated 1 billion or more copies have been published1
§ The translation was brought upon by King James I of England2
§ First published in 1611 A.D. (some believe between May 2nd – May 5th)3
§ More than 169 original 1611 King James Bibles are in existence today4
§ Gothic text and Jacobean spelling was used in the original 1611 version, which is noticeably different than 21st Century English5
§ 80 books were included (39 in Old Testament, 14 in Apocrypha, and 27 in New Testament)6
§ Contains 788,258 total words, of which 14,565 are unique7
§ The title was not originally called the “King James Version”, but “THE HOLY BIBLE, Containing the Old Testament, AND THE NEW: Newly Translated out of the Original tongues: & with the former Translations diligently compared and revised, by his Majesties special Commandment”8
§ 1814 A.D. is the earliest recorded date of it being called “King James Version” or “Authorized Version”9
§ The original book was very large: approximately 17″ tall, 30” wide when opened, and it weighed up to 30 pounds10
§ The first 1611 Bibles were expensive and were chained to the front pulpit of churches, to prevent from being stolen11
§ Prior to the 1611 King James Bible, most churches did not have Bibles12
§ The King James Bible is the first English Bible ever printed in the United States- first printed by the King’s Printer in England, then printing and distribution spread throughout the world13
§ Public officials on all levels of United States government, including presidents, have taken their oath of office with the King James Bible14
§ A committee of 54 translators worked for 7 years to complete the King James translation15