Modern Bible translations still come under attack from the King James Only camp. In this revision of a book continually in print for more than ten years, James R. White traces the development of Bible translations old and new, investigating the differences between versions like the NIV, NASB, and NKJV and the Authorized Version of 1611. Written with the layperson in mind, The King James Only Controversy leads the reader through the basic issues of the debate and into the more complex issues of textual criticism. Enlightening reading for all Christians.
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About the Author
James R. White is the author of several acclaimed books, including The God Who Justifies and The Forgotten Trinity. He is the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, a Christian apologetics organization, and an elder of the Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church. An accomplished debater, White has also taught Greek, Systematic Theology, and various topics in the field of apologetics. He and his family live in Phoenix.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Dr. Mike Baird 11
Part 1 The King James Only Controversy 21
1 King James Only 23
2 "If It Ain't Broke..." 30
3 Starting at the Beginning 41
4 Putting It Together 89
5 The King James Only Camp 129
6 Translational Differences 167
7 Textual Differences 191
8 The Son of God, the Lord of Glory 243
9 Problems in the KJV 276
10 Questions and Answers 297
Let the Reader Understand 308
Part 2 The Textual Data 311
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I purchased this book thinking that it would be about the "modern translations". My hope was to find an objective source of information that would provide a balanced presentation of the facts, both for and against the "modern translations". Instead this book turned out to be blatant attack against the King James Version! Most of the claims made by the author were not supported by valid/good footnotes, but were instead nothing more than the author expressing his own personal biases. I have since discovered that the author was a consultant for the Lockman Foundation's New American Standard Bible (NASB) and it now comes as no surprise that he strongly believes that the NASB is the be-all and end-all of bibles. In short, this book is nothing short of a piece of propaganda that promotes his earlier/other works.
As a person who enjoys her KJV Bible, I know that my way isn't the only way - Christ is, so that is why I choose to receive this book from Bethany House Publishers through their blogger review program. This was a very heavy read, one that took some time to digest as one reads it's pages. Full of historical documents and history of the Bible from the beginning of it's being found one must read through the book keeping in mind the different texts that eventually made up the Bible that we know today, whether it's the NIV, KJV or any other translation. It was hard for me to keep track of which texts were which as I continued to read, which slowed my reading down considerably. I thought this book has a lot of merit though and the reader can tell hours of research went into writing this book, which adds credibility to the work. Mr. White goes through a lot of trouble to explain how the different translations were written along with the history behind each. He also gives side by side examples of the Scripture of both the KJV and another version. That made it easy to see what the differences were that Mr. White was explaining in each chapter. I do recommend this book for those who are KJV only proponents, pastors of churches or just the regular lay person who wants to know more about the historical and Scriptural background of our Holy Bible.