The King James Only Controversy: Can You Trust the Modern Translations?
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About "The King James Only Controversy: Can You Trust the Modern Translations?"
Modern Bible translations still come under attack from the King James Only camp. In this revision of a book continually in print for more than ten years, James R. White traces the development of Bible translations old and new, investigating the differences between versions like the NIV, NASB, and NKJV and the Authorized Version of 1611. Written with the layperson in mind, The King James Only Controversy leads the reader through the basic issues of the debate and into the more complex issues of textual criticism. Enlightening reading for all Christians.
Meet the Author
James R White
James R. White is the author of several acclaimed books, including The King James Only Controversy, The God Who Justifies, Scripture Alone:Exploring the Bible's Accuracy, Authority and Authenticity; Same Sex Controversy:Defending and Clarifying the Bible's Message About Homosexuality and The Forgotten Trinity. He is an elder of the Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church, director of Alpha and Omega Ministriesa Christian apologetics organization, an adjunct professor with Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, and a professor of apologetics with Columbia Evangelical Seminary. He and his family live in Phoenix.
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I give this book a 1.55 and only give at least one star because it's actually well written with some information about the historytransmission behind manuscripts and why the manuscripts in existence today are reliable. That is where it stops however, the rest of the arguments against "KJV onlyism" and the KJV translation itself are full of double standards, half-truths, strawmans and mistakes. There is hypocritical talk about the KJV's lack of "manuscript support" when the "modern versions" are full of words that are not even in the text basis of their translations. Majority of White's book is full word comparisons with the "modern versions" trying to show that the KJV renderings are inferior and have mistakes. Many of the words which White has cherry picked have the same meaning and have distinctions made on the context of what is being said. Like most modern text scholars there is no standard when it comes to the Bible because they lack faith in God's promise to preserve His word. They use a modern naturalistic approach to determining scripture reliabilitypreservation instead of a supernatural approach like a Bible believer would (eg. looking at what God says about His preservation of words). This is why they cant come to a conclusion. If you use the King James Bible you can be assured that you have the true preserved word of God in English.
A very helpful book which gives the reader an understanding of issues of textual criticism and issues behind bible translation. I learnt a lot from it and would recommend it not only to those who are interested in the title - the issue of those who believe only the KJV is an accurate translation - but also to anyone who is interested in learning more about bible translation, the various Greek texts, and issues of textual criticism. I wouldn't say that it's unbiased - I think that any book that is trying to depict a certain viewpoint is going to be biased to some degree, but I think that the author presents a good argument and also provides the reader with enough knowledge and information to be able to understand these issues more and therefore make their own informed opinions about it. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about textual criticism and bible translation.
This book is well written, by that I mean his very cleaver at manipulation by making you think your reading an unbiased book. If you read this then you must read the scholarship only controversy, by dr. Peter ruckman so you can balance it out, that's only if your looking for the truth, if you just want to justify why you use an niv 2011 politically correct version, then you won't want the truth. There's a reason why the Kjv is the only book to sell over 1 billion copy's and is still the most used bible after 400 years! im not Kjv only but it's my bible of choice because it the best version we have. remember trust no one, not even pastors and search for truth yourself, seek and you will find! Textus receptus vs Westcott and Hort is a good place to start. God bless on your journey of truth.
In my younger days, I was brought up in fundamentalist circles which taught and upheld the KJV Only position. I read, memorized, studied and taught the Bible using the KJV. I was even involved in arguing with fellow believers why non-KJV versions are not the Word of God. Further study on this issue over the years, including the study of textual criticism, has caused me to change my mind and to come to conclusions different from the KJV-Only proponents within my denomination. The conclusion I came to is essentially the same as those James White is defending in his book. White very objectively looks at how biblical texts were translated, copied and transmitted, discusses the various ways variant readings could have come about, debunks myths about conspiracies and misrepresentations of translators (whom KJV-Only proponents have accused of corrupting the Word of God), offers a historical survey of the reactions that new translations often received, reactions which are repeated in the twentieth century when new translations appeared and threatened to usury the time-honored position of the KJV, and concludes that we have the Word of God in the different versions and translations of the Bible. White's book is a must-read for any Christian who has been influenced or disturbed by the KJV-Only position and wants a well-researched, balanced, objective and persuasive counter-position.
My pastor recommended this book because of my interest in the controversy, especially since I was once caught up in it at a youth bible study one time where we spent the whole night defending our use of the NIV from a KJV-only reader. James White neither condones nor disapproves the use of the KJV over the modern translations and vice versa. What he does instead is go into the issues which cause vocal KJV-only readers to question (and even attack) fellow Christians who don't share their view of "The King James Bible alone = the Word of God alone." Comparative charts dsiplaying various texts side by side, and including Greek and Hebrew texts, this shows the amount of care and detail taken to show how the bible came to be. He doesn't seek to vilify those who read the KJV, it was never his intention. But what he does do is give fellow Christians who choose to use other versions the confidence that they are not "heretics" or "conspirators." I can now use my NIV, knowing that indeed I have the Word of God.