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Topple you know it is that the book that has changed the world it is the holy Bible and public point five million copies are sold each year.
But it is the king James version that is the number one seller and it it really changed the world.
And it is now celebrating 400 years David Barton.
Is founder and president of wall builders and he's here coming to us from Dallas to tell us more about what this.
Translation actually means you know welcome David -- -- Hey -- thanks for having could be with a well before and I want to hold up my actual king James.
Bible because -- it's this is I think this is is honored and sent us this book is it's out of them.
Yes Thomas Nelson Thomas I'm sorry Thomas Nelson.
Thomas Nelson's death would be huge.
-- it's beautiful the pictures and having his -- Bible used to look.
That's right yeah that's exactly right.
What it does that's a family violence it's a -- Caucasus is that 400 anniversary of the king James and that's a commemorative edition for the fortieth anniversary so it's a limited editions are really cool and -- got this is really actually wonderful and it is the king James version.
A lot of people now take the new international version which is a little more you vehicle.
-- I -- if for Americans understand that.
The king James version of were all poetry all book but the -- -- beauty of the Bible really came out.
Explain how this Bible came out.
Well that and did to -- -- point the king James version by almost considered to have the highest level of sin tax.
Grammar and language of -- thing ever written English so -- the highest level composition of prose of literature poetry it's it's all there.
And it was a result real live several -- -- -- -- -- 14100 but the they're the king -- is Bobble that was finally done the kings and the first and finished a 1611 after about seven years of work of scholarship.
That's considered the people's Bible and is the one that permeated the culture as you pointed out is still the best selling book today.
But you look at what Hispanic -- and you take somebody like Shakespeare.
-- Shakespeare quarter from 42 books out of the Bible he had over 2000 Bible references in this place.
You can't read Shakespeare without seeing the influence of the Bible the king James we have 247.
Idioms that we use and English today to come out of the king James.
Things like a leopard can't change his spots in the salt of the earth and a thorn in the flash and by the skin -- -- -- and so it's a book that has shaped culture and every conceivable way from art to literature to -- government the history to education.
You name it and the king James Bible's been a great part of shape in the culture we have -- incredible you know tell us about the national Bible week it's it's starts Sunday what's going on with that.
National Bible week a really cool thing started back in 1941.
And president Franklin Delano Roosevelt as the one who did it he said what we need to do.
Is in the forty days between Thanksgiving Christmas and calling the whole nation to read the Bible every day.
And so starts national Bible week which we've had since 1941.
But president Roosevelt gave such a cool speech -- why so important know the Bible.
And there's a great -- by president John Quincy Adams that are really like on this he says that it's not so much.
Praise worthy to be knowledgeable the Bible as it is shameful to be ignorant of it.
And so from that standpoint it was just a good thing to know the problem though what was there are so that was national Bobble -- now.
At the same time since this is leading up this time is leading up to the 400 anniversary of the king James -- National Bible week when it begins this year will also kick off 400 -- Celebrating the king James version of the Bible.
And so there there's a website KGB 400 celebration dot com more folks can go to it's in conjunction with Thomas Nelson History Channel.
Via podcast every day a little tidbit of the Bible there's a -- of the day as well.
And you get a little piece of history of -- the bobbled shape the culture shape that free business free enterprise and business is so many other things that.
It's going to be a -- 400 days starting at national Bible week this year.
You know one of the things that has come out this recently last New Year's -- people.
Criticize in the Bible are criticizing it being taught in schools the Bible literally I think project actually is actually moving -- being taught.
In school for practical reasons because there's so many records let's throw it.
That's right history.
Yeah that the national council -- curriculum public schools has over 2000 school district right now the teach a course on the -- for graduation.
The -- is the textbook for students about 360000.
Student gone through it.
Let me let me show you when we have about a 100000 documents from before 1812.
And this Bible right here is the first viable ever printed in the English language in America this is a king James version Bible.
It is printed here in American 1782.
This is done by the US congress has congressional -- the front.
And the memorial in congress said that this Bible was quote.
A neat addition of the holy scriptures for the use of our schools and quote.
So this -- by the -- congress -- all the founding fathers for the uses schools.
Pretty clear that they didn't see a problem with that and that continues today with groups like the national council while -- curriculum public schools.
One of the things that.
There are now a lot of versions are a lot of translations of the Bible English translations.
How does that -- suspected our understanding of the king James version because when you look at the king James it it does have the most beautiful way.
Of saying -- and the most economical.
I mean just someone beautiful phrase.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen -- and it's really very very sustained very economical.
And other translations that might be understood a little bit more don't have the same kind of impact.
Now they don't and part of that is a result of our education and if you look at vocabulary level the king James.
That's a remarkable vocabulary level they used to reflect common speaking language among Americans that -- -- have to kind of slip.
And education and so people look for something a little simpler than the king James version Bible.
The man going back to that added that the -- you just quoted I mean that is such a beautiful poetic language that's used thinking James and that's why survived so long.
And with all the translations that are out there a love John Quincy Adams -- one time asked by his father that very question.
He says somebody translations.
How -- supposed to know what to use and John Quincy Adams says.
I -- any Bible that I can read and understand.
So it's still a key to get in this press most.
That no no book says that better than the king James version of the Bible against the highest level syntax and grammar and language of any book ever written English is a really cool book.
And quickly David just a couple of whereas some of the events that are going on in connection with the 400 anniversary.
We'll fourth anniversary get a list of the indeed vets of that website and that's KJB 400 celebration dot com.
There's a lot going their history channels two and a whole lot what that.
There's several publications -- the coming out in conjunction with and again this this podcast for the next 400 days a -- -- of the day which is a good way to get re equated with the king James version if you're not familiar with this language simple thing one verse today.
And then a podcast and some of the history of the Bible and history leading up to Bobble concerned there's a lot of Bible history even leading up to king James.
And even after the king James a lot of great stuff so that website KJB 400 celebration dot com is one of the best places to go.
To see that can that they connection between the History Channel actually Thomas Nelson.
It's a great thing going on -- country.
I thank you very much David Barton what while builders.
And founder and president thank you very much about the changing -- slowing this probably throughout the year because -- the whole 2000.
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