The Development of the King James Bible
The King James Version of The Holy Bible has been proven to be today's most popular translation of the Bible. For almost 400 years, many readers have preferred it over all other translations. Since its original edition in 1611, the King James Version, or KJV, has overthrown both previous popular bible versions, the Geneva and the Bishops' Bible, and also has eclipsed as one of the most reliable and sacred translations of the bible. This, however, came at a great cost. The development of the King James Version was a very lengthy and painful process. The KJV would not nearly be what it is today if not for the patience, dedication, and hard work that were so passionately applied to its creation (Metzger 760).
When Elizabeth's reign came to an end in 1603, James IV of Scotland became James I of England.
His thirty-seven years as king of Scotland provided him with adequate experience to successfully gain control of England (Vance). When he received the crown, his first order of business was to call the traditional Hampton Court Conference. The conference took place on January 14-16, 1603 at Hampton Court Palace (http://www.bible-researcher.com/kjvhist.html). King James specifically held the conference "for the hearing and for the determining, things pretended to be amiss in the church." This conference would have been ultimately worthless if not for the single issue brought about by the Puritan leader, Dr. John Reynolds. Reynolds, being the President of Corpus Christi College at Oxford, was said to have "moved his majesty that there might be a new translation of the Bible because those which were allowed in the reigns of Henry VIII and Edward VI were corrupt and not answerable to the truth of the original" " (Vance). After the motion...