Friday, October 21, 2011

Sermon of the Week: Carl Trueman on the 400th Anniversary of the KJV

Daniel H. sent me a link to the October 19, 2011 lecture by Dr.Carl Trueman at the Westminster Seminary Library on the 400th anniversay of the KJV.  The lecture is titled, Throwing the Book at his Enemies:  King James I and his Bible.  You can listen to the message here.

Trueman gives a vivid overview of the historical circumstances leading to the KJV.  He praises, in particular, the literary majesty of the KJV Bible, though he also makes clear that his preference is for modern translations in pulpit use.  He does not address issues related to the traditional text upon which the KJV was based.  In his sketch of James he relays an interesting physical description of the king from Charles Dickens and also passes on as likely the common modern (anachronistic?) suggestion that James was a homosexual.  I hope to address this in a later post.  Anyway, the lecture is worth a listen.  Good to see the 400th anniversary milestone marked in some way in a Reformed, evangelical seminary.


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