Monday, June 20, 2011
Michael Haykin on the 400th Anniversary of the KJV
Image: Hugh Broughton (1549-1612), an early critic of the KJV.
Michael Haykin has posted online his paper, "Zeal to Promote the Common Good": The Story of the King James Bible. He presented this paper in March 2011 as the Staley Lectures at Charleston Southern University in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the KJV. In the paper Haykin provides a sketch of Tyndale's translaition of the NT and the Geneva Bible as forerunners to the KJV. He also provides a helpful sketch of the process that led to the publishing of the KJV. He closes with a discussion of Hebraist Hugh Broughton's acerbic critique of the KJV when it was first published. Haykin concludes: "But thankfully no one listened to Broughton; the KJB was not burnt; and, in the due course of providence, it became the version of the English Bible that made the English speaking peoples a people of the Book."