400 Years of the King James Bible
In 1611 the King’s printer, Robert Barker, published a new English translation of the Holy Bible. The results of seven years’ work by numerous leading theologians and academics, this was a monumental work and, although not the first English Bible, is now regarded as the definitive edition from which all others spring. It is variously known as the ‘King James Version’ or the ‘Authorized Version’.
To celebrate the quatercentenary of the King James Bible in 2011, Oxford University Press has published Bible: The Story of the King James Version 1611-2011 by Professor Gordon Campbell, Professor of Renaissance Studies in the School of English at the University of Leicester. This is the definitive account of the book’s creation and impact; reviews have been excellent.
In addition, OUP has published the King James Bible: 400th Anniversary Edition, an exact reproduction of the original 1611 edition, right down to every typographical error, differing only in using Roman font instead of hard-to-read Gothic font. This volume includes a detailed essay by Professor Campbell.
Professor Campbell has given public talks and speaking at academic conferences on the subject of the ‘KJV’.
Gordon Campbell discusses...