The United Reformed Church Chesham
February/March 2011 Newsletter
I wonder if you have a family Bible at home. If you do it is probably a King James Version of the Bible. This year is the 400th Anniversary of this first authorised translation of the Bible into English. King James 1 of England and V1 of Scotland authorised this Bible in 1611 with the hope of producing a version that would be acceptable to each of the different shades of Christian expression resulting from the English Reformation. The King James Bible is 'a unique monument of scholarship, devotion and imagination.' (Rowan Williams) It has profoundly influenced the English language across the world.
We take it for granted today that we have easy access to a Bible that can be easily read. There are many different translations and versions, including childrenís and youth Bibles. There are handbooks and commentaries and numerous other books and articles to help us read and understand our Scriptures. We are very fortunate. Just imagine what it would be like not to have an English Bible. Yet we should also acknowledge that we do not use and celebrate these easily available resources as much as we should .