400 years of the King James Bible

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The King James version was first published in 1611. Today it is used worldwide. Over the years, hundreds of changes in vocabulary, grammar, spelling and punctuation were made to make the version more accessible to readers.

There were context changes too. Instead of having the parables of vineyards, the earliest version had the parables of vinegar.
Historians say the worst edition was done in 1631, when Royal Printers Robert Baker and Martyn Lucas missed the word 'not'  in the 7th commandment. It read: 'Thou shalt commit adultery'.

As part of the 400th anniversary, Barton and others have put together a virtual exhibit on the Bible throughout history, King James edition and otherwise. This exhibit features such artifacts as cuneiform tablets, fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other items offering insights into 4,000 years of biblical history.



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