Saturday, December 6, 2008

American Bible Society revised KJV (1850s)

I recently read a discussion on the Bible Version Discussion Board about the revision of the King James Version done in the 1850s by the American Bible Society. A desire to learn more moved me to organize some information on this topic. Links are given here to help you read more about it as well. Darlow and Moule, in the Historical Catalogue of the Printed Editions of Holy Scripture (pp 362-3), discuss the changes the ABS made. A report (full title Report on the History and Recent Collation of the English Version of the Bible: Presented by the Committee on Versions to the Board of Managers of the American Bible Society, and Adopted, May 1, 1851) from the ABS gives details of the revision. A Bible published in 1853 that shows some or all of these changes is here. In 1858 strong opposition to the changes convinced the ABS to cease publication of the changed text. A long statement about the matter was included in the society's report for 1858. A copy of that can be found on pages 355-60 of the Annual Report of the American Bible Society.

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