Authorized: A Discussion on Bible Readability - Part 2

In this episode of the Bryan Samms Podcast, I'm continuing my conversation with Mark Ward about his book titled Authorized: The Use & Misuse Of The King James Bible, where Mark shares his experience of writing the book and how it all came together.

In our personal studies, Mark and I came to the same holy spirit-led conclusion about the readability of the King James Version. Below are the episode notes of our conversation:

General Readability Concerns.

  • Do we understand the words we are reading in the King James Version?

  • If we do not, are we researching those words to understand their meaning and context?

  • Do we have the correct tools (dictionaries, thesaurus, commentaries, etc.) for our research?

What are "Dead Words" and "False Friends", how does this impact Bible reading?

  • “Dead Words” - the words we don’t use in common spoken English but still exist in the King James Version.

  • “False Friends” - words in two different languages that look and sound similar but have no relation. It's not only words that can drop out of common use but also the senses of word use, completely changing the context of the passage.

We don’t know what we don’t know.

  • Since the meaning of a word or the context of its use may have changed from when it was translated into the King James Version (1611), we don’t know that the word doesn’t directly meet our understanding.

  • The studious reading of the King James Version requires the reader to look up every word in the Oxford English Dictionary, not just a common modern dictionary.

  • Unintelligible words are hurting our edification. Reading archaic text is not helpful for the reader, which is why new versions exist. In particular, the New King James Version is based on the received text with updated language, which helps the reader understand without changing the context of the scripture.

The questions of causing division among the brethren:

  • Is it right to completely sever ties with other Christians because of their stance on the King James Version or a modern translation of the Bible?

  • What is the argument against modern Bible translations which are based on the received text?

  • Why do we allow this position to cause division amongst fellow believers in Christ?

This discussion with Mark was insightful and I truly hope that it was helpful to you. Of course, there will be questions following this episode and I do want to hear from you. I would implore you to read Mark's book (Amazon link below) before you ask the questions because it would be helpful for us to find common ground on this issue.

Get your copy of "Authorized: The Use & Misuse of the King James Bible" here.

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