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The King James Bible


The King James Bible
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     challenging words:    influential, safekeeping, translation, literature, further, writing, simplicity, original, edition, revise, works, content, official, especially, available, however
     content words:    King James Bible, James Bible, Christian Bible, Middle Ages, Latin Bibles, King James, Latin Bible, Authorized Version, King James Bibles

The King James Bible
By Sharon Fabian

1     Many great works of literature were created during the Renaissance. Poets wrote sonnets. Playwrights wrote comedies and dramas. The one piece of Renaissance literature that has probably influenced more people than any other, however, is the King James Bible.
2     The King James Bible was not a new piece of literature. It was a new translation of the Christian Bible that had been around for centuries. Some people, especially the Puritan reformers, thought that it was time for a translation of the Bible that everyone could use. They wanted a translation of the Bible that was correct, and they also wanted a translation that was easy for everyone to read, not just Latin scholars.
3     They made this suggestion to King James I, and King James agreed. In 1605, he chose a group of 47 Bible scholars to take on the project of writing a translation of the Bible that would be used in all of England's churches. This new translation was to be in English so that anyone who wanted to could read it for himself.

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