Christian Apologetics Society

Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God."
- Matthew 22:29

Isaiah 55:11
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it
Gen 1:3
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light
Matthew 26:26
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body."
Malachi 1:11
My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to my name, because my name will be great among the nations," says the LORD Almighty.
John 20:23
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.
James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
James 2:14
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
Luke 20:38
For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.
Rev 21:27
Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.
1 Cor 3:15
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Psalm 51:5
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.
John 3:5
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Titus 3:5
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
1 Timothy 3:15
but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
Acts 22:16
And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

1611 King James Bible

Being an online apologist, I have been slowly acquiring various Bibles and denominational books for my reference. One of the Bibles I have been most interested in is a reproduction of the 1611 King James Bible. The main reasons I'm interested in this version of the KJV are that allegedly this Bible contains margin notes from the KJV translators and that it is a "complete" Bible. In the centuries following 1611, more and more of the original material in the KJV was ommitted by publishers, including whole books of the Old Testament.

Prior to committing to an online purchase. I thought I'd see if a copy was available locally. So, the wife and I visited our local Lifeway. My wife promptly busied her self among Lifeway's selection of "graven images". (They're starting to look more and more like a Catholic gift shop.) I headed off to the shelves and shelves of Bibles. After a fruitless search, an employee confirmed by computer that there were two copies of the 1611 KJV somewhere in the store. Many minutes later I found a copy. Apparently there is not a historical shelf with Geneva, Vulgate and other such translations. Baptists seem to love their Bibles, but not their Bible history.

Thumbing through the 1611 reprint I was both surprised and disappointed:

1) The margins do contain "notes", but these consist merely of a single Bible passage and the quantity of cross references is sparse. Many pages have only one passage in the margins.

2) The margins of the deuterocanonicals (1 & 2 Maccabees, Tobit, etc.) do contain corresponding passages in the New Testament. However, checking the corresponding NT pages shows that the 1611 translators did not make the margin notes two-way. You can follow the margin passages from Tobit to Matthew, but once in Matthew, you won't find a single passage note back to Tobit.

3) The introductory materials include a table of the Liturgy of the Hours giving all the feast days of the Saints and the Marian observances. December 8 clearly reads Conception of Mary. (Pulse starts to race. Blood pressure rises.)

4) Browsing the included Liturgy of the Hours, it appears that deuterocanonicals like Esdras were read and prayed by the early English Protestants. (Feeling light headed. May faint.)

Being mentally confused by the long search and the discovery of the "Catholic" contents of the original 1611 KJV, I shelved the 1611 KJV Bible until I could mull things over for a few days. The little woman was sitting over in the graven images section. Seems she was disappointed not to find Saint Patrick among the many knick-knacks.

Source: 1611 King James Bible

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