Monthly Archives: March 2011

  • History of the English Bible, part 11

    Because the times are always a changin’ so are the Bibles. As we noted last week, new manuscript discoveries and changes in contemporary language, along with the capitalistic impulse to make a buck, spur on the need (is this the right word?) for updated Bibles. Just how many updates and how often is another topic altogether. Whatever the answer, though, the 76 different translations that appeared between 1901 and 1952 was likely too many.

    RV, on the other hand, was less concerned about beauty and art and was more concerned with grammatical precision at the cost of literary beauty.

    Now I am starting to sound more like a pundit than a historian. Back to the history. Here, then, we will survey some of the revisions offered of the KJV.

    In 1881 the first major revision of the KJV took place and was … Read More »

  • History of the English Bible, part 10

    You work with what you have and when you have it. These two things: what and when often are what make many of our best efforts and endeavors transitory. The what we work with often becomes outdated by new discoveries or inventions. Such was the case with the KJV of the Bible. It soon became outdated with the discovery of better Greek manuscripts only sixteen years after its publication when the fifth century manuscript known as the Alexandrine Codex was discovered. This codex was older than any manuscript previously available (Bruce, History of the English Bible, 128). Now, in the interest of full disclosure, not all would agree with my and F.F. Bruce’s (and the majority of NT scholars) assessment of the superiority of certain manuscripts that are older and the claim of inferiority of those what are more recent, … Read More »