Wade’s Wednesday

The Book that 
Changed the World

Published in 1611 A.D., The King James Bible celebrated it’s 400th anniversary in 2011.

The King James Bible Trust. . . describes the KJ Bible as the “book that changed the world”. “British sailors took the Bible on voyages around the globe. Through the work of the East India Company it was taken to India and to the colonies in Africa, Australia and New Zealand. This is one reason why English is now a world language,” according to www.kingjamesbibletrust.org.

The King James Bible was translated from Hebrew and Greek manuscripts by six groups of scholars. It is a book that continues to change lives because God’s inspired words teach eternal Truth. 

Many familiar phrases that we hear today, (such as “turn the other cheek”; “salt of the earth”, “eye for and eye”) come from the KJV Bible. 

In 1777, congress voted to import 20,000 copies of the Bible from Scotland because shipments from England were cut off during the Revolutionary War. The Bible was the basis for religion, education, and colonial government.

Our sixth president John Quincy Adams once said, “The first and almost the only Book deserving of universal attention is the Bible.” President Calvin Coolidge has written, “The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.”

Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom 1999-2009, wrote, “The King James Bible is a cornerstone of our culture and language. . . Whatever our faith. . . we have to recognize . . .its power to fuse history with poetry.”

In 2011 special events were held to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the best selling book of all time, the book that “changed the world.” 

From Everyday Faith for Daily Life ©2020 by Jan White