The King James Bible is a translation named after King James I of England, who recognized a need for a better English Bible translation. King James initiated a project to complete one of the most thorough and detail oriented translations in history. In 1611, the King James Bible was completed and King James 'authorized' the new translation to be read in churches in England. Previous to this, Bibles were often not very available in churches, as they were expensive and social classes also contributed to the problem- wanting the language to remain complex and only readible by few educated people of society.
With the printing press recently invented 200 years earlier, King James wanted to ensure mass production of the King James Bible could make the Bibles available for all churches. Unfortunately, theft was also a problem, so it was common for a church to have one King James Bible chained (locked) to the front pulpit.
The King James Bible is considered one of the most accurate translations in existance today. A group of 54 experienced translators worked for seven years to complete the King James translation, finalized in 1611 A.D.
The King James Bible is recognized for its poetic and rhythmic feel. The King James is often cited as the most published book in world history with well more than 1 billion copies published.
To keep up with changes in the English language, the King James Bible has been reviewed and edited in a few instances. The English from the original 1611 version is noticeably different than the newer 1769 version. Although people often seek to purchase an authentic, original 1611 version, people generally are seeking a 1769 or newer version which is written in English the reader can understand. For this reason, many King James Bibles on the market today say they are a 1611 King James Bible, when in fact, they are a 1769 or newer version.