"Forged in the fire of religious reformation, the King James Bible has been preached, taught and memorized by Christians of all denominations for the past 400 years. This collection of essays captures the romance of its history and the significance of its influence in shaping the culture we have inherited and proclaiming the faith which alone can save. Those who know only modern translations will have their eyes opened by this book, which should be read by everyone interested in the way in which the Bible has come down to us today."
- Gerald Bray, Research Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School;
"... an all-star cast of scholars for comment on the history and the significance of the KJV. ... enormously valuable for its tracing of the great text's composition and impact, emphases which do justice to the theological and cultural forces that produced it and reflect simultaneously upon its unique place today in the world of English translations."
- Robert Sloan, President, Houston Baptist University
"I heartily commend to you this volume of essays celebrating the enduring legacy and impact of the King James Version of the Bible."
- R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
"In eighteen eloquent essays, scholars representing religion, literature, philosophy, science, political science, and the arts have brilliantly demonstrated how the King James Bible remains to this day the single greatest glory of the English language."
- Al Elmore, Author of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address: Echoes of the Bible and Book of Common Prayer (SIU Press, 2009)
"KJV400: Legacy and Impact is a treasure trove of information and reflection on the King James Bible's history and impact."
- Diana Severance, Director, Dunham Bible Museum, Houston Baptist University
"While there have been a plethora of books published on the KJB to celebrate its four hundredth anniversary, KJV400: Legacy & Impact includes provocative essays on the history, literary, and political facets not included in many of the recent books. ... its provocative approach to the many and varied themes will reinforce the breath of the influence of the KJB. .. The book deserves to be read widely."
- Donald L. Brake, Author, A Visual History of the King James Bible: The Dramatic Tale of the World's Best-Known Translation
"Of the many books published to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the KJV, this is one stands out because of the interdisciplinary nature of the essays."
- Nathan A. Finn, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Baptist Studies, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Poets, scientists, musicians, artists, historians, and more have come together in this volume to discuss the impact of the KJV in their own disciplines.
"The goal of this book (and the event from which it emerged) then is not simply nostalgia. Rather, the aim is to celebrate God's mighty deeds of the past with an eye to how we may be a part of his work in the future. The story of the KJV is one part of the grand story of making the Word of God available to people, as many people as possible. It is a story of unity as different factions on the Church of England came together to produce a translation which would unite, in many ways, English speaking Christians for centuries as, despite their differences, they all had a common Bible, a common religious language. It is an example of the church leading the culture rather than following it as is sadly so often the case today. The KJV continues to be a touchstone and standard in English literature and oratory, as even unbelieving writers look to and appreciate its style and rhythm. The story of the KJV is the story of missions and evangelism as this translation was the translation behind the great missionary movement of the 19th century and the Great Awakenings" (taken from the Introduction)