May 2, 1611 – The King James Version was first published. No other book in the history of the world has had a greater impact than this edition of the Bible. While it is certainly not my first choice for reading or study, it is a masterpiece from both a literary and a scholarly perspective. Over fifty scholars collaborated in producing this monumental work that has ministered truth to millions over four centuries. Praise be to God for His Word!
I took a quick snapshot of four of my King James Bibles:
Top to Bottom – Calfskin Royal Ruby (Trinitarian Bible Society), Calfskin Windsor Text (Trinitarian Bible Society), Genuine Leather Pilgrim Study Bible (Oxford), Calfskin Executive Series Large Print (Local Church Bible Publishers).
I was planning on purchasing another KJV Bible (for our church’s Scripture readings) from Trinitarian Bible Society, but they have yet to get their new website up and running. Talk about blowing it! Here it is the official birthday of the KJV and you cannot purchase a KJV from one of the best, most affordable publishers on the planet…a publisher who is dedicated to the propagation of the KJV specifically!
So instead I ordered a new large print calfskin KJV (the one at the bottom of the picture) from Local Church Bible Publishers in Lansing, Michigan. Talk about amazing timing: it arrived on my doorstep today. I am really impressed with the quality of this Bible.
Some of you might be thinking that perhaps you should go buy a new King James Version since this year is the 400th anniversary of the KJV. I recommend you do. But I also recommend that you do not go anywhere to do it. Instead do your homework on the internet and then order one online. The best editions are attained through the mail rather than found in stores. The Bibles you find in your average Christian bookstore are medium to low quality. I recommend you purchase one that will last a lifetime and, therefore, can be passed down to your children and grandchildren. If you want a KJV with that kind of quality binding, you need to choose one of the following: Cambridge (England), R. L. Allan (Scotland), Trinitarian Bible Society (England), or Local Church Bible Publishers (Lansing, Michigan). The former two will require a substantial amount of money, but the latter two are amazingly affordable for the quality of their bindings. Make sure you get a calfskin or goatskin leather binding.
As for my preferences, although I do not have a Cambridge KJV, I do have several Cambridge Bibles and love them. I have one R. L. Allan; it is fabulous. Trinitarian Bible Society (TBS) Bibles are basically reliable workhorses at incredibly low prices. Local Church Bibles are a nice combination of both endurance and luxury. Cambridge and Allan are the cream of the crop, and the pricetag on their Bibles reflect that (and increasingly so with the plunging American dollar vs. the British pound).
If money is no object, then I recommend (based on research from reputable sources) that you look at the goatskin R. L. Allan Long Primer. But be ready to hand over a couple of Benjamin Franklin greenbacks. Testimonies from owners say that they are worth every penny. I would not know from personal experience; I just don’t love the KJV that much. But for about the same amount of money as one Long Primer, you can equip yourself with the same stack of Bibles I’ve pictured above.
Even if you don’t buy a new KJV, if you are a parent, why don’t you take some time today to teach your children about the KJV and it’s impact? I plan to do that this evening. If you need some ideas, try these websites:
As for where to buy a good copy of the KJV online, try these websites:
And when they finally get their sales site up and running again:
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