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The King James Version Debate: A Plea for Realism

, 1979
ISBN: 9781441252135
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“The King James Version is superior to all modern English translations of the Bible”—so say many popular books and pamphlets. The King James Version Debate is the first book-length refutation of this point of view written for both pastors and laymen. The author concisely explains the science of textual criticism, since the main premise advanced by KJV proponents is the superiority of the Greek text on which it is based.

After showing the problems with this premise, the author refutes the common propositions that:

  • The KJV is the most accurate translation
  • It’s the most durable
  • Its use of the Old English forms (e.g., “thou”) makes it the most reverent
  • It honors Christ more than other versions
  • It’s the most easily memorized
  • It’s the most suitable for public reading

Concluding the book is an appendix in which, on a more technical level, the author answers W. N. Pickering’s The Identity of the New Testament Text, the most formidable defense of the priority of the Byzantine text yet published in our day.

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Key Features

  • Offers a concise explanation of the science of textual criticism
  • Addresses misconceptions about the King James translation
  • Explores the principles upon which translations are made


  • Part 1 The Textual Question
    • The Early Circulation of the New Testament
    • Kinds of Errors in New Testament Manuscripts
    • Text-Types
    • Some Criteria for Making Textual Choices
    • Origins of the Textus Receptus
    • Modern Defense of the Byzantine Text-Type
    • Fourteen Theses
  • Part 2 Nontextual Questions
    • Preliminary Considerations
    • Some Thoughts on Translating Scripture

Product Details

  • Title: The King James Version Debate: A Plea for Realism
  • Author: D. A. Carson
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 128

About D. A. Carson

D. A. Carson is a respected professor, author, and speaker. He is currently a research professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has been teaching since 1978. Carson earned an MDiv from Central Baptist Seminary and a PhD in New Testament from Cambridge University. He lectures in academic and church settings around the world.

Carson has written over 50 books, including his popular The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism and Exegetical Fallacies. He has also written commentaries in both The Expositor’s Bible Commentary series and the Pillar New Testament Commentary series.

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D. A. Carson

D.A. Carson (b. 1946) is one of the most respected New Testament scholars in the world. A respected teacher, author, and speaker, he is currently research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and the president of The Gospel Coalition. He has served as pastor of Richmond Baptist Church and as the first dean of the seminary of Northwest Baptist Theological College, now known as Northwest Baptist Seminary. Logos has collected his sermons—including audio—in the D.A. Carson Sermon Archive.

Carson lectures in academic and church settings around the world, and is the author of more than 50 books, including Exegetical Fallacies, Pillar New Testament Commentary: The Gospel According to John, The Gagging of God, Showing the Spirit: A Theological Exposition of 1 Corinthians 12–14 and the Intolerance of Tolerance. He is the editor of the Pillar New Testament Commentary series, and coedited of the Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament with G.K. Beale, and the Studies in New Testament Greek series with Stanley Porter. You can find more of Carson’s work in the Baker D.A. Carson Collection (15 vols.).


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