King James Version, 1611

For many centuries the King James Version was the dominant English translation of the Bible for Protestants. Its denomination as the "authorized" version has unfortunately lead many people to accept this as authorized in a theological sense, whereas it was political in being a Royal command by James I to replace the Geneva Bible, which was the popular version, with one which would not have the Calvinistic footnotes with which the Geneva Bible was well supplied. The copy on display is first edition 1611.

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Cover of holy bible

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