FUN WITH MAPS ISSUE 2024-084

By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (May 2, 2024) – In this edition of Fun with Maps we are talking about The Word of God here.

THE MOST INFLUENTIAL VERSION OF

THE MOST INFLUENTIAL BOOK IN THE WORLD

The King James Version of the Bible was published on May 2, 1611.

In 1604, King James of England authorized a new translation of the Bible to be written that supported the doctrine of the Church of England and was accessible to a layman to read.

The KJV is considered one of the most important books in the English language and has set a standard for style and vocabulary for centuries.

The KJV, or Authorized Version as it is also known, became the standard text for scholars and religious services by the 18th century.  Not only was the Church of England using it, but all Protestant churches had slowly adopted it as both the ecclesiastical and secular text for their congregations. 

Besides accuracy in translation, the KJV was commissioned with the task of sounding dignified and resonating with the listeners who sat in the services.

The KJV contains over 200 idioms that have become part of everyday English, and it is currently the most used translation in the United States.

There are, of course, many other versions of the Bible by specific faith, language, etc. 

This map of Palestine is by Seutter from 1753.

Palestine – Circa 1753 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.