Under the sponsorship of King James I, they produced a Bible that turned the world upside down and helped unseat the Roman Catholic Church, steeped in corruption. So threatened, the Roman Catholic Church sent Jesuit Guy Fawkes to England to kill King James and stop the translation from proceeding. This is referred to as , “The Gun Powder Plot,”or “Jesuit Treason Plot.”
The plot failed and the translation was first published in 1611. That Bible is rightly referred to as the “Authorized 1611 King James Bible.” Its faithfulness to the original manuscripts, and its prosaic majesty have never been equaled to this day.
Many Bibles claim to be the “Authorized 1611 King James Bible,” and publishers label them as such, but few, if any, are truly faithful. Most are after-the-fact revisions, to the detriment of accuracy. Or, they incorporate material from other manuscript lines, sometimes in disagreement with the original 1611 texts.
This website is dedicated to helping Bible lovers discern the difference, and the importance of having the pure preserved testimony of our LORD and Savior to guide and teach us.
The Authorized 1611 King James Bible (AKJB) was translated from the Masoretic Texts (Old Testament) and the Textus Receptus (New Testament). The Textus Receptus is also called the Received Text and the Majority Texts. They are the manuscripts that came from Antioch, where believers were first called Christians, as recorded in Acts 11:26, which reads, “And when he had found him, he brought him vnto Antioch. And it came to passe, that a whole yeere they assembled themselues with the Church, and taught much people, and the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”
Conversely, modern Bibles (New Testaments), and the bulk of those produced after the AKJB came off the press in 1611, have their roots in Alexandria Egypt, where Gnostic scholars altered the Antiochian manuscripts, adding and deleting according to their doctrines. They are referred to as Vatican and Sinaitican Manuscripts, or Vaticanus and Sinaiticas, also called Minority Texts. Modern Old Testament translations favor the Septuagint, which is a translation of the Hebrew Masoretic Texts into Greek in Alexandria by Gnostic scholars.
Acts 6:9 records Alexandrians disputing Steven. The scripture reads, “Then there arose certain of the Synagogue, which is called the Synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia, and of Asia, disputing with Steuen.” Yet the previous verse records him as a man blessed by God and equipped to share the truth of God’s word. It reads, “8. And Steuen full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.” Yet the Jews of the Synagogue later murdered him, “And they stoned Steuen, calling vpon God, and saying, Lord Iesus receiue my spirit.” (Acts 7:59)
Thus we account for the two lines of manuscripts at odds: the Majority Texts originating in Antioch, and the Minority Texts originating in Alexandrian.