The year 2011 marked the 400th anniversary of the creation of the King James Bible. Award-winning director Jerry Griffith brings to life the fascinating history of this great work, along with its impact on us today.
“KJV: The Making Of The King James Bible” gives a fascinating look into the translation of the most well-known and, perhaps, best-loved Bible of all time. Author Adam Nicolson calls it “the greatest work of prose ever written.”
The documentary delves into the historical context of the KJV Bible, during the throne of England and the reigns of Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, and King James. The film also examines the intent of the translators, as they worked to keep the passages simple but used grand language to bring scripture to life in a melodious and poetic way.
“KJV” also discusses the differences in the Geneva Bible, Bishop’s Bible and King James Version and the decisions regarding verbiage used in certain passages, such as the word “charity” from King James Bible, translated “love” in other versions. The target audience — the king himself and the general population — made up approximately 80 percent of the KJV’s readership, and many of them could not read. Ward Allen, author of “Translating for King James,” says the translation is “so cleverly arranged.”
The Gunpowder Plot, an attempt by English Catholics to overthrow the government, most likely would have prevented the completion of the King James Bible translation. Some believe that divine providence was at work, because the plot was discovered before the Catholics carried it out. At any rate, this wonderful documentary is both entertaining and educational. It offers a comprehensive overview of the history behind the translation of the most famous book ever printed. We award it our Faith Friendly Seal for ages 12 plus.