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A History of the Written Word

The King James Bible

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The King James Bible

In 1604, King James I of England authorized a committee of about 50 scholars to prepare a revision of earlier English translations of the Bible. The new version appeared in 1611 and became known as the King James, or Authorized, Version. The beauty and grace of the translation established the King James Version as one of the great treasures of the English language. No important English translations of the Bible appeared for more than 200 years after the publication of the King James Version. During this time, the King James Version was the most widely used translation in the English-speaking world.
Source: World Book Encyclopedia
The Great He Bible
The Great He Bible (facsimilie)
History Two Editions of the King James Bible

Two distinct editions of this bible were printed. Each of them has errors and reading peculiar to itself. One edition has, for instance, "Judas" instead of "Jesus" in Matt. Xxvi.,36; the other has a part of the verse repeated in Exod.xiv.,10, making what printers call "a doublet." One has in Ruth iii.,15,"He went into the city;" the other has, "She went into the city." This led to their being designated as the "Great He Bible," and the other as the "Great She Bible." The University has an original 1611 copy of the "Great She Bible," and a facsimile of the "Great He Bible."
The Great She Bible
The Great She Bible (1611)
Chapter heading from King James Bible
Chapter heading from the 1611 King James Bible. Notice the thistle of Scotland and the Tudor rose of England.
Case of the Great She Bible
Original Case of the 1611 King James Bible
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