Monday, May 2 marks the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, and over the last few months there has been much reflection online about the significance and ongoing influence of the venerable KJV. We thought it might be useful to collect links to some of the more interesting KJV-related articles that have caught our attention:
- The Story of the King James Bible: an excellent 3-part BBC audio documentary on the King James Bible and its literary legacy.
- Common phrases that originated in the KJV: it’s hard to believe how many familiar phrases we use today (“a leopard cannot change its spots;” “sour grapes;” “holier than thou,” etc.) came from the KJV. Here are two dozen of them, with KJV verse references.
- When the King Saved God: Atheist Christopher Hitchens casts the KJV as a “triumph for rebellion and dissent.” He’s not the only prominent atheist who’s professed love for the KJV; Richard Dawkins has weighed in as well.
- Ye Olde King James Version: a short piece explaining why the KJV’s publication was so important.
- Why the King James Bible Endures: on the curiously compelling archaic language of the KJV.
(Some of these links might be familiar to you if you follow our Twitter feed.)
What other online reading about the KJV would you recommend as its anniversary approaches? Stop by our page on Facebook and share!
- Appreciating the King James Bible, 400 years later
- King James Verse of the Day and email reading plan now available!
- King James Version Old Testament Audio
- The Bible passages behind Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message
- Plastic Meaning: How changes in language over time affect Bible translations
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