Early Editions of the King James Bible

The debut of the King James Bible in 1611 was not without controversy. The motivation for the Bible had as much to do with politics as religion. To ease strife between the Puritans and the bishops of the Church of England, the king called the Hampton Court conference of 1604. Although Puritans proposed a new Bible translation, the bishops organized a project to revise the Bishops’ Bible. Many early editions of the King James version included significant and embarrassing printing errors. It wasn’t until revisions in the 1760s from Cambridge and Oxford that the translations, punctuation and spelling were modernized and standardized!.

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