The King James or Authorized version of the Bible

This year the 400th anniversary of the King James translation is being marked in England. It should of course be noted in the entire English-speaking world. The language of this translation entered into common speech and the cultural mentality of the English-speaking world until we pretty much decided to toss our heritage into the trash from the 1960s onward.

When remarking on this to classes, I like to mention such things as Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse taken from Revelation chapter 6 verse 8, And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was death, and Hell followed with him.

Linked in the header is the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford’s commemoration of the translation.


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