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The King James Only Controversy: Can You Trust Modern Translations?

ISBN: 9781441264367
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Modern Bible translations still come under attack from some who read only the King James Version. James R. White traces the development of Bible translations old and new, investigating the differences between versions like the NIV, NASB, and NKJV and the Authorized Version of 1611. Written with the layperson in mind, The King James Only Controversy leads the reader through the basic issues of the debate and into the more complex issues of textual criticism. This book is enlightening reading for all Christians.

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Key Features

  • Traces the development of Bible translations old and new
  • Leads readers through complex issues of textual criticism
  • Discusses the difference between versions like NIV, NASB, and NKJV and the Authorized Version of 1611


  • King James Only
  • “If It Ain’t Broke . . .”
  • Starting at the Beginning
  • Putting It Together
  • The King James Only Camp
  • Translational Differences
  • Textual Differences
  • The Son of God, the Lord of Glory
  • Problems in the KJV
  • Questions and Answers
  • Let the Reader Understand . . .

Product Details

About James R. White

James R. White is the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, an evangelical Reformed Christian apologetics organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the author of more than 20 books and has engaged in numerous moderated debates. White serves as an elder of the Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church.

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“Next, we must emphasize that 99 percent of the four hundred thousand variations are irrelevant to the proper translation and understanding of the Greek text.” (Page 64)

“Anyone who believes the TR to be infallible must believe that Erasmus, and the other men who later edited the same text in their own editions (Stephanus and Beza), were somehow ‘inspired’ or at the very least ‘providentially guided’ in their work.20 Yet none of these men ever claimed such inspiration.” (Page 96)

“These examples introduce us to the debate between formal and dynamic (or functional) equivalency. Formal equivalency is the method of translation that gives as literal a translation as possible. This perspective seeks a word-for-word translation from one language into another. On the other hand, dynamic or functional equivalency seeks to translate the meaning from one language into another, even if this involves sacrificing a word-for-word translation in the process.” (Page 47)

“Westcott and Hort, the men most vilified by KJV Only advocates, indicated that only about one eighth of the variants had any weight, the rest being ‘trivialities.’17 Accordingly, this would leave the text 98.33 percent pure no matter whether one used the Textus Receptus or their own Greek text!” (Page 66)

“His plan succeeded, though it resulted in this historic irony: The very text that would help to spark the Protestant Reformation was dedicated to the pope who would excommunicate Martin Luther.” (Page 92)

  • Title: The King James Only Controversy: Can You Trust Modern Translations?
  • Author: James R. White
  • Publisher: Bethany House
  • Print Publication Date: 2009
  • Logos Release Date: 2013
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible. English › Versions--Authorized; Bible. English › Versions; Bible › Criticism, textual
  • ISBNs: 9781441264367, 9780764206054, 1441264361, 0764206052
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T01:01:20Z

James R. White is the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, an evangelical Reformed Christian apologetics organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the author of more than 20 books and has engaged in numerous moderated debates. White serves as an elder of the Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church.


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  1. Patrick



    I can thank James White for getting me interested in the subject of textual criticism and have watch all his YouTube videos in six months. I have come to know his personality and his jokes and his passion and his style. Some people write like they talk (see Howard Hendricks) and James White writes like he talks, with a lot of passion. White had a video that said for a good introduction to textual criticism he would recommend this book so I picked it up as my intro to the subject and set to work on really starting to come down on where I want to begin studying. This book does a great job in that it provides a great overview of how we got the Bible and how English translations have come about. White doesn't delve into a ton of detail but he shows the highlights and the important steps on how we came up to the KJV and why further editions, like NASB and ESV, are needed and fuller. White does not step on KJV as inferior and it's awesome to read someone who has a high view of God's Word and a great grasp on scholarship and the need for intellectualism in Christianity (Francis Shaeffer would be proud). White also does a good topic of what the book is titled and that's dealing with the arguments levied by KJV Only people and takes it right to both the text and to the logic of the argument, with no need for name calling or grand statements of extremism. White also shows how textual criticism can be used to help develop a fuller, more complete understanding of the Faith and how to answer criticism against Christianity. This was really the main reason why I read the book. It was a really great introduction to that field of study. The topics are fairly clear in how they are addressed and the argumentation is not over complicated. There are a few small negatives that I found that may be difficult for some, including myself. White does start out right off the bat stating that he's trying to strike a balance between an area of study that can be vast and broad and complicated and knowing to write to a general audience. At time, he tends to assume you remember what you read eight chapters ago or use terms that weren't that clear. I believe this comes from White knowing so much about the topic that he tends to stumble on just how "clever" the reader is. When White refers to Scripture to support his arguments, I would have liked to have had the Scripture listed rather than look them up. It's just helpful not having to turn between two books for these times. These are mostly limited to his arguments and not his main points so they are low impact on hassle. I would have loved to see a "Suggested Reading" page although the footnotes tend to give you repeated examples of who White supports. Speaking of which, the footnotes in this book are great! I know it sounds geeky but I love a book where reference footnotes are on the bottom of the page rather than in the back or at the end of the chapter. It's so much cleaner and easier. The footnoted notes of White's writing add to the topic and can be skipped if they aren't important to you - just as any good footnote is. Great footnotes WOOO!!! It convinced me on the topic at hand and I would recommend this book as a good jumping off point for anyone wanting to get into textual criticism. It has helped motivate me into a deeper study. Final Grade - A+
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    Samuel Watson


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  5. Calvin



    I have both the digital and hard copy of this book! An outstanding resource. Examines this subject in a very respectful manner.
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    Seth Coridan


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    Ray Brown


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    Shamus Drake