Early King James Bible sells for £13,000

An early edition of the King James Bible sold for £13,000 (plus commission) at Unique Auctions New Years auction on the 1st January 2024.

Early King James Bible sells for 13000
Early King James Bible sells for 13,000

About the King James Bible

The 1611 King James Bible, often referred to simply as the King James Version (KJV), is one of the most significant and enduring translations of the Bible in the English language. Commissioned by King James I of England and completed in 1611, this translation has had a profound and lasting impact on English-speaking Christianity and culture.

The King James Bible was produced by a team of scholars and theologians who aimed to create a faithful and authoritative English translation of the Bible. The translation project drew on earlier English translations, such as the Tyndale Bible and the Geneva Bible, but also consulted the original Hebrew and Greek texts to ensure accuracy. The scholars’ commitment to linguistic excellence and reverence for the sacred scriptures resulted in a work of remarkable literary and theological significance.

Key features of the 1611 King James Bible include its use of a formal and elegant style of language that reflects the literary conventions of the early 17th century. This distinctive prose has contributed to the KJV’s enduring popularity and recognition as a masterpiece of English literature. Phrases like “Let there be light,” “The apple of his eye,” and “The powers that be” are just a few examples of the many idiomatic expressions that have become a part of the English language through this translation.

In addition to its linguistic and literary significance, the King James Bible played a crucial role in shaping religious and cultural life in English-speaking nations. It became the standard Bible for English-speaking Protestant denominations, including Anglicans, Baptists, and many others. Its widespread use in worship, preaching, and personal devotion helped unify and stabilize religious practice and doctrine during a time of significant religious and political upheaval in England and beyond.

Over the centuries, the King James Bible has maintained its influence and continues to be regarded as one of the most authoritative and widely read translations of the Bible. Its impact on English literature, language, and culture is immeasurable, as it has been a source of inspiration for countless writers, poets, and thinkers. While other translations have emerged to address the changing needs of contemporary readers, the 1611 King James Bible remains a cherished and revered text that has left an indelible mark on the history of Christianity and the English-speaking world.

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