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For over three hundred years, the King James Version of the Bible was the primary Bible of the Protestant Church and now, more than four hundred years after it was first translated, it remains one of the more popular versions of Scripture. Otherwise known as the Authorized Version (AV), or the King James Bible (KJB), the King James Version (KJV) is an English translation of the Christian Bible that was commissioned for the Church of England in 1604, and completed in 1611. The KJV was the third English translation approved by English Church authorities, the others being the Great Bible and the Bishops Bible. The KJV was named for King James I, who convened the Hampton Court Conference in response to problems reported in earlier translations by the Puritans, a faction within the Church of England. The Bishops Bible and the original Hebrew and Greek texts served as the basis for the translation. Marginal notes, which in other versions tended to offend one faction or another, were to be used only to explain Hebrew and Greek words or to point out parallel passages, and distinctive type set off any words that had been added to complete a thought. During the 1700s, the KJV became the standard version of Scripture for English-speaking Christians, particularly within the Protestant churches. Several changes were made to the text in revisions during the years after it was first published, and the edition that is most used today follows the standard text of 1769. The strength in the KJV lies in the richness of the language, especially in the Bible's poetic passages. Some Christian denominations consider the KJV to be the only reliable English translation of the Bible. However, discoveries of additional Hebrew manuscripts have allowed for more accurate translations of the New Testament texts, according to most scholars. More modern translations have been adopted in recent years because some of the words commonly used in the 17th century are no longer in use today.



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