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I have been doing a lot of studying and I have found that the KJB was not the first Bible to be translated to English.

Wycliffe (1382)
Tyndale (1526)
Coverdale (1535)
Matthew (1537)
Great Bible (1539)
Geneva (1560)
Bishops (1568)
Douai-Rhemis (1582-1610)
King James (1611)

So why are Independent Fundamentalists King James only?


I do not want to sound rude or discredit anyone...
I am simply curious.

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Here's the Calvery Baptist Church's "King James Bible Declaration" which pretty much sums up why independent fundamental Baptist churches use the KJB. http://www.olneycalvarybaptist.com/index.php?p=1_34_King-James-Bible-...
They also have this page, which goes into more depth. Why We use the KJB. http://www.olneycalvarybaptist.com/index.php?p=1_22_Why-We-Use-KJV

This is one of the most detailed sites that I've found for comparisons of the KJB and other versions. http://brandplucked.webs.com/articles.htm

Even more information:
Fighting Back - Scroll down to the 10 reasons: http://www.av1611.org/KJV/fight.html

The Bibles in your list and others, are IMHO, forerunners of the King James Bible. It's an interesting study of the history behind the KJB before and after the initial publication in May of 1611. Here's just one link of many. http://www.av1611.org/KJV/KJVhist.html that dive into this subject.

In closing, I'm just a layman who's also being studing this subject over the last 18 months or so. Hope this helps, a bit.

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many disenters and baptists rejected KJV in favour of the Geneva Version.
Including the Pilgrim Fathers. The KJV/AV was not immediately accepted for political reasons, & King James wanted a revision for political reasons. The KJV was accepted as the years went by - & the other versions were no longer freely available. Edited by Covenanter
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The Geneva Bible was hard to find until more recent years. It's seen a revival of sorts among some who hold to more of a Reformed Theology.

The main problem many had with the Geneva Bible was that it was filled with study notes written from a Reformed, Calvinist viewpoint. This is one of the reasons the King James Bible was specifically put forth without study notes.

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The Geneva Bible was hard to find until more recent years. It's seen a revival of sorts among some who hold to more of a Reformed Theology.

The main problem many had with the Geneva Bible was that it was filled with study notes written from a Reformed, Calvinist viewpoint. This is one of the reasons the King James Bible was specifically put forth without study notes.


I am not sure that that has any bearing. The Church of England had reformed Calvinistic articles, I read recently that it was Calvinistic rather than Lutheran.
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The Geneva Bible was hard to find until more recent years. It's seen a revival of sorts among some who hold to more of a Reformed Theology.

The main problem many had with the Geneva Bible was that it was filled with study notes written from a Reformed, Calvinist viewpoint. This is one of the reasons the King James Bible was specifically put forth without study notes.


ah okay. That makes sense.

But I am still wondering, why IFB stand so strongly with King James.
Men like Tyndale risked their lives to translate the Greek and Hebrew texts to English.... If he loved God and was inspired to translate his word.... why don't IFB accept his translation?
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ah okay. That makes sense.

But I am still wondering, why IFB stand so strongly with King James.
Men like Tyndale risked their lives to translate the Greek and Hebrew texts to English.... If he loved God and was inspired to translate his word.... why don't IFB accept his translation?

I really couldn't answer that question. All I know is that God directed me to the KJB and from that moment on the Word opened up to me, I was able to memorize with relative ease and I grew like I never thought possible before that.

I didn't come by the KJB because I was taught that or told I had to, it was after prayer and asking about this that the Lord led me to the KJB.
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I really couldn't answer that question. All I know is that God directed me to the KJB and from that moment on the Word opened up to me, I was able to memorize with relative ease and I grew like I never thought possible before that.

I didn't come by the KJB because I was taught that or told I had to, it was after prayer and asking about this that the Lord led me to the KJB.


I love that response.

My husband grew up with King James and I with NIV but we decided that we would use King James as a couple just because it is one of the best translations.
I love reading both NIV and KJB.
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But I am still wondering, why IFB stand so strongly with King James.
Men like Tyndale risked their lives to translate the Greek and Hebrew texts to English.... If he loved God and was inspired to translate his word.... why don't IFB accept his translation?


In point of fact the KJV borrowed heavily from Tyndales earlier translation. There are some differences here and there of course, but if you read the tyndale NT you will realize just how closely the language of the KJV follows tyndales translation much of the time. See it here and compare it to the KJV. http://faithofgod.net/WTNT/ Edited by Seth-Doty
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Wycliffe translated into English from the Latin Vulgate. It was then hand-copied & distributed. It was so successful that there are nearly 200 copies in museums.

You might find it difficult to read, even when type-set:

JN 3:16 For God louede so the world, that he yaf his `oon bigetun sone, that ech man that bileueth in him perische n
ot
, but haue euerlastynge lijf.


The English reformation effectively began with Wycliffe, 150 years before Luther.
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Wycliffe translated into English from the Latin Vulgate. It was then hand-copied & distributed. It was so successful that there are nearly 200 copies in museums.

You might find it difficult to read, even when type-set:
JN 3:16 For God louede so the world, that he yaf his `oon bigetun sone, that ech man that bileueth in him perische n
ot
, but haue euerlastynge lijf.


The English reformation effectively began with Wycliffe, 150 years before Luther.


I figured the language from Wycliffe would be different, given the time it was written.
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So why are Independent Fundamentalists King James only?


They aren't. It's a misconception that all Independent Baptists are KJVO. I'm an Independent Baptist, and I am not KJVO. Neither are literally thousands of other IB's that I am aware of. The KJVO position is relatively new...It was not part of historic fundamentalism. Edited by Annie
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They aren't. It's a misconception that all Independent Baptists are KJVO. I'm an Independent Baptist, and I am not KJVO. Neither are literally thousands of other IB's that I am aware of. The KJVO position is relatively new...It was not part of historic fundamentalism.

While that's true, there are many who will argue greatly against this fact.
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I have been doing a lot of studying and I have found that the KJB was not the first Bible to be translated to English.

Wycliffe (1382)
Tyndale (1526)
Coverdale (1535)
Matthew (1537)
Great Bible (1539)
Geneva (1560)
Bishops (1568)
Douai-Rhemis (1582-1610)
King James (1611)

So why are Independent Fundamentalists King James only?


I do not want to sound rude or discredit anyone...
I am simply curious.

I don't know how much time you're willing to dedicate to your answer, it could take a long....time. Just because the process to obtain newer versions was decried by the earliest fundamentalists doesn't mean you can't find God's word contained in them. However, there must have been some reason for objecting to the newer versions back in the early 20th Century. So, I'll err on the side of caution and stick with what was used in early fundamentalism, the KJV.

You're not sounding rude or discrediting, your curiosity is welcome. It seems to be a deep concern for you. Why don't you and your husband pray earnestly together about this, seek God's will, and come to a decision.
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I don't know how much time you're willing to dedicate to your answer, it could take a long....time. Just because the process to obtain newer versions was decried by the earliest fundamentalists doesn't mean you can't find God's word contained in them. However, there must have been some reason for objecting to the newer versions back in the early 20th Century. So, I'll err on the side of caution and stick with what was used in early fundamentalism, the KJV.

You're not sounding rude or discrediting, your curiosity is welcome. It seems to be a deep concern for you. Why don't you and your husband pray earnestly together about this, seek God's will, and come to a decision.

I agree that studying out the text issues does take time. To whom are you referring when you say "earliest fundamentalists"? I'm not aware that fundamentalists as a group "decried" the modern versions at any time. Edited by Annie
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