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Monday, April 4, 2011

Landmark 400-year-old printed Bible found in English village church

Some people still get plenty excited about printed books:  for instance, a 4-centuries-old King James Bible that turned up recently in St Laurence Church, with a parish of 60 people, in the village of Halmarton, Wiltshire, England. Fewer than 200 original printings of the King James version of the Bible are believed to exist. A tell-tale printing error has been used to authenticate Halmarton’s example as a second edition.

The King James Bible is one of the first translations of Christian scriptures into English, ordered by King James I of England in 1604 and completed by 47 scholars of the Church of England in 1611. This year marks its 400th anniversary.

The King James Bible Trust affirms that surviving examples like Halmarton’s preserve not only a priceless historical record but also a cultural landmark, since the book transformed how people spoke English as well as how they understood God.