KJV Birthday Draws Attention

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There has been heightened general-public attention on God’s Word this
year due to the King James Version’s 400th anniversary, according
to the world’s leading publisher of KJV Bibles.

“Interest in this landmark occasion is widespread and has been
acknowledged in major national press,” Gary Davidson, vice president and
group publisher for Bibles at Thomas Nelson, notes in an Industry Forum
guest column in the June issue of Christian Retailing.

He referenced a recent New York Times
editorial that observed: “‘It’s barely possible to overstate the
significance of this Bible. Hundreds of millions have been sold. … To
Christians all around the world, it is still the ancestral language of

Davidson also notes that The Wall Street Journal,
in an essay on the KJV’s influence on the English language, said: “The
translators of the KJV understood the dignity and moving directness of
the original Hebrew, which is why, after 400 years, the King James Bible
remains a stylistic model that writers might well want to emulate.”

encouraged Christian retailers to publicly look for ways in their
stores to take advantage of the heightened profile of the Bible.

Read more in the June issue of Christian Retailing.

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