King James Bibles

By William Paul
(Bible Editions & Versions – July/Sept. 2004)

Until the middle of the 20th Century, the most popular English language Bible translation in America was the Authorized Version, popularly known as the King James Version (1611). Since then, scores of new English translations have been produced, especially during the last half of the 20th Century.

While the King James Version has undergone a number of minor revisions since it was first published (while still being considered the King James Version), a number of new translations have appeared in recent years bearing the words “King James” in their titles. Of course, since the King James Version is in public domain, it is understandable why so many ‘‘altered” editions of this version are being made. Most all of them have sought to adhere, more or less, to the original King James Version in their wording, while incorporating some additional features, such as a form of the divine name, modernized spelling, etc. Below is a listing of most of the translations using the words “King James” in their titles.

King James Version (1611, 1638, 1762,1769)
Clarified King James Version (1958)
Children’s King James Bible (1960)
Modern King James Version (1962, 1990)
Teen-age King James Version (1962)
King James II Version (1970)
20th Century King James Version (1972)
New King James Version (1982)
King James Easy Reading Version (1987)
New Webster King James Version (1992)
21st Century King James Version (1994)
King James Version, Revised (1996)
King James Clarified New Testament (1998)
American King James Version (1999)
The Defined King James Bible (2000)
Updated King James Version (2000)
King James 2000 Bible (2000)
Sacred Name King James Version (2001)
Restored Name King James Version (2004)

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