What is the King James Version? What is the Bible? Why are there so many variations of the Bible?
In answering these questions we must go back to the beginning of time when time did not even exist but through God and God alone.
The Bible is composed of passages known as verses. These verses were written by various people throughout time as instructed by God and through his teachings. The verses are combined into a chapter. The chapters are combined into what is known as a book. Each book has a name such as the Book of Genesis. The books are combined into a single book known as the Bible. The term Bible, comes from the Greek word τὰ βιβλία, tà biblía (The Books).
The books of the Bible are written translations of the Hebrew and of Greek tongues (New Testament – Apostle Paul Letters). Apostle Paul was a man who could speak both Hebrew and Greek.
We read from the KJV:
And as Paul was to be led into the castle, he said unto the chief captain, May I speak unto thee? Who said, Canst thou speak Greek?
Art not thou that Egyptian, which before these days madest an uproar, and leddest out into the wilderness four thousand men that were murderers?
But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and, I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people.
And when he had given him licence, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,
The verses, such as the one read before you, are known as holy scriptures.
In later years, the entire translation of the holy scriptures were translated into Greek tongue. Afterwards, more translations of text arose. And copies of the original text remained and passed down from generation to generation. The Dead Sea scrolls are an exact depiction of what a copied holy scripture text appeared to be. The original scrolls became fragile as written on paper that could be easily burned by the enemy or by natural degradation. And only copies existed from one century to the next continued to exist.
The King James Version came about after a few translations prior to it were printed. Further studies of translation and later printing during the reign of King James VI and I created what was the Authorized Version or more known today as the King James Version.
So many varying translations of the Bible exist today, due to language barriers, loss of original scripture, or lack of evidence finding.
What if one cannot understand completely what is messaged to us through the holy scriptures?
It is true that God has instructed only certain people to read the holy scriptures. Not just anyone can read and understand the teachings of God. He has instructed only chosen individuals to not only understand his words, but to also proclaim what is taught.
That is why one must undergo lessons (Training) in understanding truth along with continued lessons of knowledge in order to abide. Moses was given the Ten Commandments by God to give to the people and he was chosen to proclaim the written commandments by God. One must read and hear what is taught.
The Bible is the most published book to date and will remain so for good reason.
For further understanding of the truth, continue reading the “Lessons” section to find out more and click the link below to reference verses.