The Legacy of the King James Bible

Of Christian scholars that have most directly influenced my life I would have to mention Leland Ryken, the longtime professor in the English department at Wheaton College, the prolific author, and the literary stylist for the ESV Bible translation. In my book I wrote a chapter to summarize the many ways his writings helped me eventually grow in my appreciation for fiction literature. I plan to share more about him and this transition in my life in a post later this week.

Ryken’s latest book is soon to be released. Titled The Legacy of the King James Bible: Celebrating 400 Years of the Most Influential English Translation, the book is due out from Crossway on January 31. I’m sure this will be yet another wonderful book from Ryken to help modern readers grow in their appreciation for the Bible in English translation (the KJV in this case).

Justin Taylor recently sat down with Dr. Ryken and asked him a few questions about the making of the KJV and its abiding influence. You can watch those videos here:

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One thought on “The Legacy of the King James Bible

  1. Thanks! A big surprise tied into the 400th anniversary of the 1611 King James Version Bible:

    Two scholars have compiled the first worldwide census of extant copies of the original first printing of the 1611 King James Version (sometimes referred to as the “He” Bible). For decades, authorities from the British Museum, et al., have estimated that “around 50 copies” of that first printing still exist. The real number is quite different.

    For more information, you’re invited to contact Donald L. Brake, Sr., PhD, at or his associate David Sanford at

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