The KJV: Is it THE Bible? Part 2: A Brief History of a Politically-Charged Translation
In our first post we introduced varieties KJV enthusiasm, and initial reasons why the KJV-only movement is divisive and counter-intuitive.
And now a brief history of the King James Bible. The KJV actually wasn’t the first English Bible, nor was it the first produced by the Church of England. English Bibles that came before it were Cloverdale’s (1535), Tyndale’s (1536), Matthew’s (1537), Taverner’s (1539), the Great Bible (1539), the Geneva (1560), the Bishop’s (1568), and the Rhiems-Douay (1582).
One of the main reasons the KJV came about was to produce a translation that would unify everyone, that would “corner the market” and prevent confusion between translations, two in particular. The Geneva was the preferred translation among the public (and the one Shakespeare quoted), while the Bishop’s Bible was used by clergy.