May 02, 2011 - David Lang — 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 a ...