A wealth of material about the history of the King James Version of the Bible, and about biblical translation in general, is available in print and online. Included below are only a few of the hundreds (if not thousands) of resources you can examine for yourselves. Listed first are a number of online resources, including links to other virtual exhibitions celebrating the 400th anniversary of the printing of the King James Bible. The second section lists a (small) selection of printed research materials.
The Official King James Bible Online (website includes the current “Authorized Version” of the Bible (the Pure Cambridge Edition) as well as access to the original text of the 1611 edition—complete with digitized pages from the first edition.
Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible (an online exhibition celebrating 400 years of the King James Bible prepared by the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford, and the University of Texas’ Harry Ransom Center).
“King James Bible” a December 2011 article published in National Geographic Magazine.
The King James Bible Trust.
This includes the Trust’s ongoing efforts to create “The You Tube Bible,” a project that will result in video recordings of people reading each chapter of the Bible in different settings around the world:
The Life and Legacy of the King James Bible: Celebrating 400 Years (an online exhibition prepared by Brigham Young University).
Great and Manifold Blessings: The Making of the King James Bible (an online exhibition prepared by Cambridge University Library—including a digitized copy of the 5th-century Greek/Latin manuscript of the New Testament, the Codex Bezae).
The King James Bible on BBC4 (Listen to audio lectures and discussions on different aspects of the history of the King James Bible).
“To make a good one better…” An Exhibit of Printed Works in Celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the Publication of the King James Bible 1611 (an online exhibition prepared by the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA).
Divine Write: The King James Bible and Scotland (an online exhibition prepared by Special Collections Department at the University of Glasgow).
Alter, Robert. Pen of Iron: American Prose and the King James Bible. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010.
Atwan, Robert and Laurance Wieder, eds. Chapters into Verse: Poetry in English Inspired by the Bible. 2 vols. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993.
Bible Translation on the Threshold of the Twenty-First Century: Authority, Reception, Culture and Religion. Edited by Athalya Brenner & Jan Willem van Henten. London: Sheffield Academic, 2002.
Brake, Donald L. A Visual History of the English Bible: The Tumultuous Tale of the World’s Bestselling Book. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2008.
Bruce, F. F. The English Bible: A History of Translations from the Earliest English Versions to the New English Bible. Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press, 1970.
- History of the Bible in English: From the Earliest Versions. Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press, 1978.
Butterworth, Charles C. The Literary Lineage of the King James Bible, 1340-1611. New York: Octagon Books, 1971 (c. 1941).
Campbell, Gordon. Bible: The Story of the King James Version, 1611-2011. Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press, 2011 (c.2010).
Crystal, David. Begat: The King James Bible and the English Language. Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.
Daniell, David. The Bible in English. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003.
De Hamel, Christopher. The Book: A History of the Bible. London: Phaidon, 2001.
Elliott, Melvin E. The Language of the King James Bible; a Glossary Explaining its Words and Expressions. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1967.
The King James Bible after 400 Years: Literary, Linguistic, and Cultural Influences. Edited by Hannibal Hamlin and Norman W. Jones. Cambridge & New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
The King James Bible and the World it Made. Edited by David Lyle Jeffrey. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2011.
Lawton, David. Faith, Text and History: The Bible in English. New York: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1990.
Lewis, C.S. “The Literary Impact of the Authorised Version,” in Selected Literary Essays, ed. Walter Hooper. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1969.
Long, Lynne. Translating the Bible: From the 7th to the 17th Century. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001.
Manifold Greatness: The Making of the King James Bible. Edited by Helen Moore and Julian Reid. Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2011.
McGrath, Alister. In The Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible and How It Changed a Nation, a Language, and a Culture. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2001.
Nicolson, Adam. God’s Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible. New York: Harper Collins, 2003.
Norton, David. A History of the English Bible as Literature. Cambridge & New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
- The King James Bible: A Short History from Tyndale to Today. Cambridge & New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
- A Textual History of the King James Bible. Cambridge & New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Price David and Charles C. Ryrie. Let it go among our people: An Illustrated History of the English Bible from John Wyclif to the King James Version. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2004.
Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose. The Authorized Edition of the English Bible (1611): Its Subsequent Reprints and Modern Representatives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1884.
Teems, David. Majestie: The King behind the King James Bible. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2010.
Translation that openeth the window: Reflections on the History and Legacy of the King James Bible. Edited by David G. Burke. Atlanta, GA: Society of Biblical Literature, 2009.