The King James Version of the Bible, KJV, or Authorized Version, is an English translation of the Christian Bible by the Church of England in 1611. Printed by the King’s Printer, this was the third official translation into English. In January 1604, King James I of England met at a Hampton Court Conference chose to begin a new English Bible translation in response to the perceived problems of the earlier translations.
James directed the translators to ensure the new version conformed to certain high standards. The translation was completed by 47 scholars. In common with most other translations of the period, the New Testament was translated from Greek, the Old Testament was translated from Hebrew text, while the Apocrypha were translated from the Greek and Latin. In the Book of Common Prayer (1662), the text of the Authorized Version replaced the text of the Great Bible – for Epistle and Gospel readings – and as such was authorized by Act of Parliament. By the first half of the 18th century, the Authorized Version became the primary English translation used in Anglican and Protestant churches. Through the 18th century, the Authorized Version replaced the Latin Vulgate as the standard version of scripture among English speaking scholars.
The “King James Only movement” is a group that advocates the superiority of the Authorized King James Version (KJV) among English Bibles. Christians in conservative, fundamentalist churches are often being taught that King James is the truest and most accurate English translation in existence today. The King James Version of the Bible is said to be one of the most published books in world history and has transcended many generations, united, and has impacted cultures world wide.