May 2, 2011 David Lang

400 Years of KJV, Bibles Cheap or Free

Bible Icon Today marks the four hundredth anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible in 1611. If you're looking for a good way to observe the event, I recommend reading the Translators' Preface, which most of you should already have as an Accordance General Tool. Aside from the Elisabethan (or is that Jamesian?) English, it reads like something that could have been written by any of today's Bible translation committees. In it, the translators took pains to explain why a new translation was needed, why the new translation should not be seen as a repudiation of the work of previous English translators, how their goal was to satisfy the needs of all factions within the Church of England, and various other aspects of their translation philosophy. As is the case today, there were those who were suspicious of this new translation and any hidden agendas which might lie behind it.

It took some time for the King James to become the dominant English translation, but it eventually exerted a profound influence on the English language, English literature, and the Protestant churches it was created to serve. It remained the dominant English translation until the last few decades of the 20th Century, and it is still among the top-selling English Bibles even to this day.

To honor the work of the translators who produced the KJV and other translations of the Bible, we're pleased to announce the Bible a Day Sale and Giveaway! Every day during the month of May we will offer a 24-hour sale on a different Bible. We will reveal unique coupon codes for each Bible exclusively through our Facebook and Twitter pages, and give away one copy to someone who retweets the day's offer. We began the sale yesterday by offering 30% off The Message, a translation I call the Convex Mirror Bible. Today, we're offering 30% off the New King James Version w Strongs numbers. Be sure to watch Facebook and Twitter for the rest of this month's daily offers.

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Archived Comments

Mark Allison

May 02, 2011 11:13 AM

That would be "Jacobean" English  :-)

David Lang

May 02, 2011 11:27 AM

Show off! ;-)

Norman Dalton

May 02, 2011 12:26 PM

I throughly resent Accordance's attempt to force me to create a Facebook and/or Twitter page in order to receive the Bible discount pricing. Because of their lax privacy policies, I will not be creating such a page, nor, unfortunately be able to participate in the Bible discount sale.

David Lang

May 02, 2011 12:36 PM

Norman, you don't have to create a Facebook or Twitter account to take advantage of the sale. SImply visit our Twitter page each day to get the coupon code for that day's Bible. No account required.

You do need a Twitter account to enter our Giveaway, but the discounts are available to everyone.

Lorinda Hoover

May 02, 2011 2:06 PM

I don't have a Twitter account either, but "subscribe" to Accordance's twitter feed with my RSS reader [I use Google Reader, but any RSS reader will do, even the one in Safari].  That way I don't have to remember to check the page, I just have to check my RSS subscriptions, which I do regularly.

Ron Shaw

May 02, 2011 2:34 PM

Over the years of using your Accordance Bible on my computer, I have often run across the abbreviation, “prim.” I had thought it must mean “primary,” as a way of denoting basic words that are not formed from other words. The idea of “primitive” also occurred to me, but seemed foreign to my understanding of that word (“crude” or “undeveloped”). 

Even in the “Abbreviations” section of your Dictionary, I find this under “prim.”: “primary, primitive”! This seemed to indicate that you were taking no chances as to which it was! 

This morning I was consulting Matthew Poole's “Commentary on the Holy Bible,” on Hebrews 12:15. I found this: “Looking diligently: episkopountes notes a very strict and severe inspecting themselves; its primitive, skopein, signifieth such a looking at a thing as those who, in shooting, aim at the mark;”

 To complete my investigation, I looked up the word “primitive” in my on-line “Oxford American Dictionary.” There I found:

Linguistics denoting a word, base, or root from which another is historically derived.

Linguistics denoting an irreducible form.

 So it seems we may believe, with good reason, that “primitive” is the word which “aims at the mark” in your Lexicon!