The King James Version is one of the greatest, and arguably the most influential, book ever published in the English language. It is also a book very much of the early seventeenth century. Times have changed and so have translations of the Bible. In this lecture by Bart Ehrman, James A. Grey Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a leading authority on the New Testament and New York Times bestselling author, you will hear why the King James has received such praise and adoration over the centuries, and then turn to consider aspects of the translation that also need to be considered when assessing its greatness and value: the archaic language that at times can confuse modern readers; the inferior ancient manuscripts on which the translation was based; and the theological biases that occasionally led the translators to make the biblical text say something other than it originally meant.
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