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The King James Bible

The 'Church Times' of 26 November 2010 reports the launch of the King James Bible Trust, formed to mark the 400th anniversary of the Authorised Version (KJV).

The actor, Timothy West, described the benefit he had received as a schoolboy from a '12-minute blast of Jacobean English'. The idea that, to be comprehensible, everything had to be translated into the vernacular of the present day was both 'patronising and daft', he said.

The BBC website has an article by Stephen Tomkins pointing out the influence that the KJV has had on the English language; 257 phrases in everyday use derive from the bible. However, in The Guardian of 1 March 2011, Tomkins says: 'Later versions may lack its resonance, but it's time to let go of the King James Bible and the cod Jacobean it has bequeathed'

Stephen Tomkins (presumably the same one?) has a splendid article on the Ship of Fools about 'King James Onlyism' and taking it all too far...

Glen Scrivener of The King's English website performs a poem he has written in rhyming couplets, which uses 100 phrases from the Bible in three minutes. Lay Anglicana highly recommends it, along with the rest of his website! You can also watch the video here:

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