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article imageOp-Ed: Happy birthday 'King James Bible'

By Alexander Baron     Nov 16, 2011 in World
London - The 'Bible' is of course more than a book, but the 'King James Bible' is more than even that; commissioned by the monarch at a difficult time in our history, it has also contributed much to the English language.
The King James Bible or Authorised Version was commissioned by the King of England in 1604, and took 7 years to complete. Today, his successor, Her Majesty the Queen, attended a special service at Westminster Abbey where the editing was completed.
James I, was not only King of England but also King of Scotland (James VI); England and Scotland would not be united until the Act of Union in 1707. There had been constant friction between England and its neighbour for hundreds of years, in spite of their common ancestry. The Bible commissioned by the King was intended to put an end to this strife not only between the English and the Scots but throughout his Kingdom.
Although it had a limited effect in this respect, the Authorised Version is much more than a simple Bible; it has contributed enormously to the English language, the lingua franca of the known universe. Phrases such as "biting the dust", "the apple of his eye", "signs of the times" and “the powers that be" all first appeared in print in English in this historic book.
The Bible is of course on-line, and was one of the first books to be put on-line, before the advent of the modern Internet. The most comprehensive Bible website is Bible Gateway. There are believed to be fewer than 200 copies of the original King James Bible extant; one was discovered in a Wiltshire Church earlier this year.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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