The King James Bible also referred to as the Authorized Version (AV), is the English translation of the original Christian Bible used by the Church of England back in 1604. It was completed in 1611, and there are 39 books within this version that include the New Testament and Old Testament.
While it is one of the world’s most popular versions, few know the facts and unique history that go with the King James Version.
Therefore, if you want to impress your friends at your next study group or simply learn about the KJV, there are a few items to learn first.
Top 6 Facts About the King James Bible Revealed
1. The American Presidency and the Use of the King James Bible
The presidential inauguration has mostly utilized the King James Bible for the ceremony. The records of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies show that individual presidents selected a passage that had a special meaning to them for their inauguration.
Here are just a few of the passages selected by past presidents:
- George Washington: Selected Genesis 49:13.
- Ulysses S. Grant: Chose Isaiah 11:1-3.
- William H. Taft: Opted for 1 Kings 3:9-11.
- Teddy Roosevelt: Selected James 1:22-23.
- Woodrow Wilson: Opted to use the passage Psalm 119:43-46 for his first, and Psalm 46 for his second.
- Richard Nixon: Selected Isaiah 2:4 for his 1969 inauguration and Isaiah 2:2-4 for his 1973 inauguration.
- George Bush: Selected Isaiah 40:31 in 20015.
- Bill Clinton: Selected Galatians 6:8 in 1993 and Isaiah 58:12 in 1997.
2. Only 3 Angels Mentioned in the Book
There are only three angels in the King James Bible online and in print, which includes Michael, Gabriel, and Lucifer.
3. The Longest Name in the King James Bible
The longest name in the King James Bible History was “Mahershalalhashbaz,” which is found in Isaiah 8:1.
4. Read the King James Online Bible Aloud
You could read the entire King James Bible aloud yourself in 101 hours – if you read at an average human speed. The King James Bible reads at 791,328 words; therefore, the average of 130 words per minute aloud would result in a total of 6087.1 minutes or 101 hours.
5. 5 Denominations Use the King James Bible Online and in Print the Most
While there are technically dozens of religious denominations currently using the King James Bible, only a select few use it regularly and encourage their members to read it online and in print within their practice.
Baptists, Pentecostals, Episcopalians, Mormons, and Presbyterians predominantly use the King James Version of the Bible.
There are arguments among denominations about which version is the real text of the Bible. Also, the King James Only Movement has sparked controversy over the use of this Bible versus other versions available. Some feel that the King James Version is the only genuine and accurate version available today, while other denominations disagree and cite numerous inaccuracies within the print.
6. The Original Bible Did Not Have Verses and Chapters
Originally, the Bible never had verses or chapters. In fact, the Bible is a compilation of shorter books that were written by a variety of authors throughout the history of time. They were eventually compiled into a collection, with shorter books being divided into chapters.
Today there are 260 chapters in the New Testament and 929 chapters in the Old Testament.
The first person to start numbering verses in the chapter was Robert Estienne, and his verse numbers began in print in 1551 for the New Testament and 1571 for the Hebrew Bible.