Bible Translations Guide: "Some Protestants will tell you that the only acceptable version of the Bible is the King James. This position is known as King James-onlyism. Its advocates often make jokes such as, 'If the King James Version was good enough for the apostle Paul, it is good enough for me,' or, 'My King James Version corrects your Greek text.'
They commonly claim that the King James is based on the only perfect set of manuscripts we have (a false claim; there is no perfect set of manuscripts; and the ones used for the KJV were compiled by a Catholic, Erasmus), that it is the only translation that avoids modern, liberal renderings, and that its translators were extremely saintly and scholarly men. Since the King James is also known as 'the Authorized Version' (AV), its advocates sometimes argue that it is the only version to ever have been 'authorized.' To this one may point out that it was only authorized in the Anglican church, which now uses other translations. For a still-in print critique of King James-onlyism, see D. A. Carson, The King James Version Debate, A Plea for Realism (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1979)."
Friday, October 5, 2007