The King James Version (KJV), also known as the Authorized Version (AV) or King James Bible (KJB), is an English translation of the Christian Bible for the Church of England that begun in 1604 and completed in 1611.
First printed by the King's Printer Robert Barker, this was the third translation into English to be approved by the English Church authorities. The first was the Great Bible commissioned in the reign of King Henry VIII (1535), and the second was the Bishops' Bible of 1568. In January 1604, James I convened the Hampton Court Conference where a new English version was conceived in response to the perceived problems of the earlier translations as detected by the Puritans, a faction within the Church of England. The translation is widely considered a towering achievement in English literature, as both beautiful and scholarly.
James gave the translators instructions intended to guarantee that the new version would conform to the ecclesiology and reflect the episcopal structure of the Church of England and its belief in an ordained clergy. The translation was done by 47 scholars, all of whom were members of the Church of England. In common with most other translations of the period, the New Testament was translated from Greek, the Old Testament was translated from Hebrew and Aramaic text, while theApocrypha was translated from the Greek and Latin. In the Book of Common Prayer (1662), the text of the Authorized Version replaced the text of the Great Bible – for Epistle and Gospel readings (but not for the Psalter which has retained substantially Coverdale's Great Bible version) and as such was authorized by Act of Parliament.
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For those seeking God and the new Christian, as well as for those who consider themselves to be mature Christians, this book removes the mystery from the Bible. It’s like having a patient instructor walk you through the Bible in a clear and easy to follow style.
The Bible For Beginners And the Rest of Us: A Guide To Making Basic Bible Sense presents the Bible in its simplest form. Starting at the beginning, the author presents a simple "perspective" and a broad "context" for how we understand and interpret what we read. You will find these concepts easy to understand and easy to embrace.
Additionally, in this volume, the author lays out the structure and the over all story - the big picture - of the Bible to enhance the context for interpreting and connecting the various books and stories.
Following the guidelines and summary perspectives in this book, you will be equipped to read your Bible enthusiastically and with joy. Upon completion of your careful study of this guide, you will have a comprehensive overview of the Bible story and its core message and the confidence that you can read it, interpret and understand what you read. It will inspire you to study the Bible often and apply your new knowledge to the way you live your life. It will also encourage you to share what you have learned with your friends and love ones, and hopefully, with strangers also.
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In this new series - BIBLE THREADS: Keys to Understanding the Bible - award-winning author Arlington McRae offers us a fresh new 21st century paradigm for how we approach the Bible and understand its essential message. Not a new message, but a new perspective of the Bible as a whole to significantly increase our understanding of it. This series is an invaluable resource to guide us on our journey to truly comprehending the Bible and its applicability to our lives presently and in eternity. The four books planned in this series truly are the keys to understanding the Bible in a life changing way.
The Greek word for Revelation is Αποκαλυψις or Apocalypse. Revelation always implies the unveiling of something previously hidden, in this case, future events. As the final book of the Bible, the Book of Revelation brings to fruition symbolism found in Genesis 3:15 in the first book of the Bible.
Early Christian Tradition identified the writer of Revelation as the Apostle St. John, the Beloved Disciple, while he was in exile on the island of Patmos in the Aegean Sea. Written in symbolism, the book has always been surrounded by mystery and has fascinated mankind throughout the ages as to its meaning.
John opens the Apocalypse naming this the "Revelation of Jesus Christ," the prophecy revealed to him by the risen Christ, "who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood" (1:5).
The Book of Revelation is at once frightening, as it speaks of the rise of the antichrist and the end of the age, dramatic as it describes the final battle of good and evil, and, above all, optimistic, as it points to the triumph of Jesus Christ over evil and the dawn of a new creation.
Revelation 1:19 sets two time periods to the book - what is now and what will happen afterwards. The first time period includes the messages to the Seven Churches, Chapters 2 and 3, in which the word repent - μετανοέω or metanoew - occurs seven times. The second time period comprises the future, Chapters 4-21. Chapter 4 begins scenes of heavenly worship, which are interspersed throughout and provide continuity to this intriguing text but also offer contrast to the terrifying images during the tribulation on earth. The heavenly worship recalls the Mass or Divine Liturgy, the renewal of the New Covenant in Christ.
Hope is offered to those who are faithful to the Lord and his Commandments. Those who endure for Christ will be kept from the hour of trial that will fall on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth (Revelation 3:10). Angels are instructed not to harm the earth until the servants of God are sealed on their foreheads (7:3). Spirits from the abyss are to torment only those who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads (9:4). "Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and hold fast to faith in Jesus" (14:12).
The Revelation to John often reflects imagery found in Hebrew Scripture, our Old Testament of the Bible, such as the Books of the Prophets Daniel and Ezekiel. For example, the Son of Man in Daniel 7:13 is referenced in Revelation 1:13 and 14:14. Jesus calls himself the Son of Man in all Four Gospels, fulfilling the destiny of the Messianic figure in the Book of Daniel.
The number seven resounds throughout Revelation and often serves as a key to important events. There are the seven Churches, and the seven seals, trumpets, and bowls. There are the seven angels who stand before the Lord (8:2). One also speaks of the seven Blessings or Beatitudes - μακáριος or makarios - of Revelation, as found in 1:3, 14:13, 16:15, 19:9, 20:6, 22:7, and 22:14. Following the proclamation of the Kingdom of God (11:15), seven spiritual figures are revealed: the Woman clothed with the sun (12:1); the dragon (12:3); the male child (12:5); Michael (12:7); the sea beast (13:1); the land beast (13:11); and the Lamb (14:1).
Angels appear over 70 times in Revelation and play an instrumental role in this prophetic text. Revelation describes the Book of Life and gives a warning about the Day of Judgement. The only ones to enter the New Jerusalem will be those written in the Book of Life of the Lamb (21:27).
The New Covenant binds together the following four levels of interpretation: There is the Preterist view, which emphasizes a first-century fulfillment of Revelation's prophecies; a Futurist view, which sees Revelation as a timetable for future events on earth, a view which lately has been prominent in the media; an Idealist view, which considers Revelation an allegory of spiritual warfare that every believer must fight; and the Historical view, which takes the vantage point of the Apocalypse laying out God's master plan for history, from beginning to end; one sees the consistent pattern of covenant, fall, judgement and redemption.
The following Scripture is from the from the American Standard Version (ASV) of the Holy Bible, now in the public domain. The Revised Version, Standard American Edition of the Bible, more commonly known as the American Standard Version (ASV), is a version of the Bible that was first released in 1900. It was originally best known by its full name, but soon came to have other names, such as the American Revised Version, the American Standard Revision, the American Standard Revised Bible, and the American Standard Edition. By the time its copyright was renewed in 1929, it had come to be known by its present name, the American Standard Version. Because of its prominence in seminaries, it was in America sometimes simply called the "Standard Bible".
The King James Version has been called "the most influential version of the most influential book in the world, in what is now its most influential language". This translation and its subsequent distribution was instrumental in opening the door to the spread of the truth. It is an excellent resource for bible study and spiritual fellowship.
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