400th anniversary of the King James Bible – pics from Lebrecht

2011 is the 400th anniversary of the completion of the Authorised King James version of the Bible (Old and New Testaments and the Aprocrypha). This outstanding English translation, still in wide use today, was translated from the Hebrew sources for the Old Testament, Greek sources for the New Testament and Greek and Latin for the Apocrypha. In January 1604 the Hampton Court Conference was convened by King James I of England and 47 scholars of the Church of England were instructed to work on the translation. It was completed in 1611. The Hebrew translation is outstanding in that it conveys the lyricism of the original language.

A previous translation had been made by William Tyndale in 1525 and was the first printed version of the Bible in English.

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