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Publisher: Bible Society

King James Version (KJV) Bible

The King James Version (KJV), also the King James Bible (KJB) and the Authorized Version (AV), is an Early Modern English translation of the Christian Bible for the Church of England, which was commissioned in 1604 and published in 1611, by the sponsorship of King James VI and I. The 80 books of the King James Version include: Thirty-nine books of the Old Testament. 14 books of Apocrypha. The 27 books of the New Testament. Noted for its "majesty of style," the King James Version has been described as one of the most important books in English culture and a driving force in shaping the English-speaking world. The King James Version remains the preferred translation of many Christian fundamentalists and religious movements, and it is considered one of the essential literary accomplishments of early modern England. The KJV was the third translation into English approved by the English Church authorities: The first had been the Great Bible (1535), and the second had been the Bishops' Bible (1568). In Switzerland, the first generation of Protestant Reformers had produced the Geneva Bible which was published in 1560 having referred to the original Hebrew and Greek scriptures, which was influential in the writing of the Authorized King James Version.

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The King James Version (KJV)

Authorized Version of the Holy Bible, using the standardized text of 1769, protocanon only, with Strong's numbers added.

Public Domain

Language: English

Dialect: Archaic British

Letters patent issued by King James with no expiration date means that to print this translation in the United Kingdom or import printed copies into the UK, you need permission. Currently, the Cambridge University Press, the Oxford University Press, and Collins have the exclusive right to print this Bible translation in the UK.

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