King James Version

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The King James Version of the Holy Bible was translated into English for the benefit of the Church of England at the behest of King James, published in 1611 and was the authorized version for use in the Church of England and became perhaps the most influential English version in America.

The King James Version has traditionally been appreciated for the quality of the prose and poetry in the translation, although the English language has changed considerably since the time of publication. Its popularity is such that sometimes people refer to the text of the King James Version as the "original English", possibly because such people are unaware that the Bible was originally written in Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic, and that there were at least three older English language translations of the Bible.

The King James Version differs in some parts from modern Bibles, in being based on the Textus Receptus as published by Erasmus, while modern Bibles are based also on more recently discovered manuscripts. It is a common belief among some conservative fundamentalist Protestants that the newer versions of the Bible are based on corrupt manuscripts and that the King James Version is more authentic than more recent versions.

The original printing of the King James Version included some books of the Apocrypha, however the most common printings of the modern day rarely include them.