Factoid that may interest only me

Posted: 30th September 2008 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized

I just bought my very first copy of the KJV translation…

  1. Wow. I own one, but I never reference it. A couple of years ago I realized that I did not own a copy, I had given all of my copies away. So I went and bought a hard back.

  2. tc robinson says:

    Man, I thought you would have that one in your collection somewhere. Wow!

  3. No, never had a reason to have one before. But sometimes it’s easier to have a printed book in front of you instead of constantly searching online, so I picked up Cambridge’s standard text edition hardback (to go with my matching REB and NRSV, though regrettably, unlike those other translations, the Apocrypha books were not included). It’s a no frills edition with an ugly font, but the binding should last forever.

  4. Jim Swindle says:

    The KJV is worth reading through once, for several reasons.
    **You’ll understand some literary allusions better (such as “by the skin of their teeth”).
    **You’ll see how beautiful the language is in much of it. (Alexander Scourby’s audio of the KJV is very good, at least in the part I’ve heard; much better than some others.)
    **You’ll get better use out of classic Christian reference works based on the KJV.

    I prefer more modern translations. I marvel that the KJV is still preferred by a number of churches, even among those who are not well-educated. What seems somewhat hard reading to me (despite my English degree and my divinity degree) must still be sufficiently clear in enough places that such people find new life through it. That’s from God’s grace.

  5. Thanks for the encouragement, Jim. I share your marvel, even from my limited exposure to the KJV. The cadence of the KJV is really what I’m interested in exploring, though I’m not so much into audio Bibles. Perhaps I should be…

  6. Nick Norelli says:

    ElShaddai: Better late than never. I do find it hard to believe that every Christian (or person in general) doesn’t own at least one copy of the KJV. It is after all, God’s word preserved perfectly in the English language. 😉

  7. Yes, Nick, there is that too… it will be refreshing to clear my Bible translation shelf and focus on God’s perfect Word!

  8. Nathan Stitt says:

    I got my KJV for Easter back when I was a teenager. It’s been read heavily and is pretty worn though, and has a bonded leather cover I think. I’ll probably replace it with a nice one from RL Allan’s whenever I have some extra money lying around.

  9. @Nathan: I got my KJV for Easter back when I was a teenager.

    I still have the burgundy bonded leather NASB Open Bible that I received for my 13th birthday. Served me for 20+ years and if the house were falling down, that would be the Bible I’d grab.

  10. Peter Kirk says:

    I have two KJVs, on which I was given as a child and is heavily marked up in childish ways, and a nice little leather bound one which I inherited from my mother, it was her confirmation present in 1927.

  11. Very cool, Peter. I had to qualify my factoid with “bought” as my wife and I recently received the compact KJV Bibles that my wife’s grandmother and great-grandmother used for confirmation classes and thereafter. I don’t dare try to use them on a regular basis!

    I remember making a “childish” mark in my NASB that my dad raised his eyebrow about – I never made another mark in that Bible. The pages are well worn, but they’re clean…

  12. Peter Kirk says:

    Well, I could say that I have never bought a copy of KJV, because I have never needed to. But then I think I did once buy an old copy for 50p, about $1, at a book sale. I’m not sure what happened to it.

  13. Wow! That is amazing. A confession though, I just bought my first one about a year ago, so…

  14. Richard says:

    The KJV was the first version I ever bought, I now own four copies and it is my version of choice. 🙂

  15. Well, I *do* mean to read it – just need to get over some mental hurdles and preconceptions!

    I’m also still hoping that Cambridge will bring out the New Cambridge Paragraph edition in a smaller format – hopefully like their other Standard Text editions (NRSV, REB, KJV) – though I do admit that the current edition’s layout is exquisite and wouldn’t be much larger than my NASB wide margin…

  16. I just bought my second. It is a new black leather Oxford Scofield Study Bible with the 1917 notes that I found in a bargain bin at a local Christian bookstore. I love it! Jealous? Yeah, I thought so…

  17. Jealous? Scofield? Uh, no, I don’t think so… 😉