When all of us studied Shakespeare, we studied it in its 1600's language and beauty. Reading Othello and Hamlet in contemporary English would not be the same. The same with the KJV. Reading it in the modern vernacular takes away from much of its beauty and character. Also, if my children can understand the KJV, there is no reason why anyone can do so. It really is a matter of the heart of the reader that determines whether they understand it or not. Thanks!
- I agree. We can't read the KJV in the (modern) vernacular. But we can read the Bible in it. That's why I (usually) read the Bible in a recent English translation.
- Please do read the book when it comes out. I'd love to hear your take. And you get my quiz: what does "halt" in 1 Kings 18:21 mean? Ask your kids, too. No dictionaries allowed! =)
- Sorry, Michael, but I must decline your offer. I, like many others, found Shakespeare, Dickens and similar authors to be...well, boring. Both in high school and college. My King James version was only understandable because it was the only version of the Bible I heard or read and it saturated my brain. When I read it to friends I always had to translate it for them. There are many well written books dealing with the advantages and disadvantages of various Bible translations, so I will not repeat those discussions. I will, however make three points for consideration. 1) If the "King James" language is so beautiful and easy to understand, then shouldn't all text books from elementary school through college be written in that vernacular. 2) We, in fact, are not reading the "King James" version. If we need to read what King James read, we must use the original translation. The complete, original KJV can be found here: https://www.originalbibles.com/the-original-king-james-bible-1611-pdf/ 3) The Bible itself was not written in the classic Greek languages even though they had much "classic" literature written in them. The Bible was written in the common vernacular that was used in the every day life of the populace. Mark, I'm looking forward to adding your book to my library and mind. Shalom to all.The Original King James Bible 1611 PDF | Original BiblesWork on this English translation began in 1604 and was completed in 1611. Forty seven scholars were involved in translating The Old Testament, The New Testament and the Apocrypha into English. All of these scholars were members of the Church of England (CoE).www.originalbibles.com