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In its 400-year history, the translated Bible became an all-time bestseller and a fountainhead for the English language

THE KING JAMES BIBLE

What was the significance of the King James Bible?

The Christian Bible is a carefully selected and compiled collection of religious texts dating back, in some cases, thousands of years. It took several centuries of debate by theologians and church elders before the New Testament was set in stone in the fourth century.

Many early worshippers, though, couldn’t read the Bible as it was predominantly written in Latin. is meant only those trained to understand scripture held the key to salvation, giving them immense power. It played a central part in Christianity’s spread – as faith, not knowledge, was the key. A translated Bible meant Christians could read the lessons of God for themselves for the first time.

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