King James Bible


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    The King James Bible remains the most widely published text in the English language. The official language of the medieval Church was Latin - the language of the Roman Empire. In England, since the early 1400s, it was strictly forbidden to translate the Bible into English. Tyndale’s translation of the bible in 1525 had led to his execution. But by Shakespeare's time, England had split with Rome, and the political scenery had changed. Bibles in English were now available, such as Henry VIII's authorised 'Great Bible'. King James I abolished the death penalty attached to English Bible translation, and commissioned a new version that would use the best available translations and sources, and importantly, be free of biased footnotes and commentaries.


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