Authorized King James Version

1611 English translation of the Christian Bible
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The Authorized King James Version is an abridged translation of the Bible into the English language.[1] This version of the Bible is also called the Authorized Version (AV) or as the King James Version (KJV) in the United States.

The title page to the 1611 first Authorized King James Version Bible, painted by Cornelius Boel.

The name "King James" comes from King James I of England, who told the Church of England to begin working on it in 1604. The first book was published in 1611.

Although it is one of the oldest English translations of the Bible, it is still one of the most widely read versions today. A 2014 survey in the United States found that 55% people who read the Bible were using the King James Version. The next most widely-read version was the New International Version at 19%, while other versions were used by less than 10%.[2]


  1. McGrath, Alister. 2002. In the Beginning: the story of the King James bible and how it changed a nation, a language, and a culture. Anchor Books. ISBN 0385722168
  2. "The Bible in American Life" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-05-30. Retrieved 2017-02-07.

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