KJV Book to the Press

The book of essays which came from the event KJV400: Legacy & Impact last fall at Union University, has now gone to the publisher. We are hoping for a fall release for the book. The table of contents is below.

The aim of the book, like the event, is to recognize and celebrate how God has worked through this translation which is widely hailed as one of the most important books ever produced in English. This translation has truly impacted the world for four centuries.  There are lessons for us to learn from what God has done in the past, lessons to prepare us for the future.

Foreword– David S. Dockery

Introduction– Ray Van Neste


Leland Ryken, “What Makes the King James Version Great?”


Setting from Which the KJV Emerged

Timothy George, “Tyndale’s One Thing: William Tyndale and the Making of the English Bible”

John D. Woodbridge, “The Status of Biblical Authority among Europeans at the Creation of the King James Bible”

Gavin Richardson, “‘No New Reformation’: Anglo-Saxon Vernacular Scripture in the Minds of the Reformers”

James A. Patterson, “Divine Right or Holy Dissent? Conflicting Visions of Church and State in Early Seventeenth-Century England”

Micah Watson, “Who Appeals to Heaven? King James I and John Locke on Scripture & Political Authority”

Steve Halla, “Art, Iconoclasm, and the Search for Unity: Reflections on Cornelis Boel’s 1611 KJV Title Page Design”


Impact of the KJV

Bobby C. Rogers, “Therefore Now Put Off Thy Ornaments: The Influence of the King James Bible in Contemporary American Poetry”

John Netland, “‘The Very Language of Men’: Biblical Echoes in Wordsworth’s Poetry”

Scott Huelin, “Only God Speaks King James: The Literary Use of English Bible Translations in Flannery O’Connor’s The Violent Bear It Away”

Gene C. Fant, Jr., “Give Me also This Power: Secular Writers’ Simultaneous Fascination with and Denial of the Power of the KJV”

Justin D. Barnard, “Human Nature and the Veneration of the KJV”

Chris Mathews, “Sounding Through The Centuries: The Influence of the King James Version over Four Centuries of Musical Composition”

Jennifer Gruenke, “Isaac Newton’s Bible: Science and Heresy in 17th Century England”

Keith Bates, “Not Fundamentalist Enough: John R. Rice and Bob Jones University Fail the King James-Only Test”

Bradley Glen Green, “Covenant, Canon, and Culture: Theological Reflections on the Cultural Meaning of the King James Version”

Hunter Baker, “A Bible for the People: The Political and Cultural Impact of the Vernacular Bible”

C. Richard Wells, “From John Wycliff to ‘King James Only’: How Preaching Created the KJV. . . and What Happened Next”

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