*Everyone from Prince Charles, who read a passage from the KJV for the “YouTube Bible”, to stalwart atheist Christopher Hitchens, have participated in the 400th anniversary of the Bible translation that is not only respected as a religious text but also as a literary masterpiece.
“Though I am sometimes reluctant to admit it, there really is something ‘timeless’ in the Tyndale/King James synthesis,” admitted Hitchens in his commentary featured in Vanity Fair.
“For generations, it provided a common stock of references and allusions, rivaled only by Shakespeare in this respect.
“It resounded in the minds and memories of literate people, as well as of those who acquired it only by listening.”
The King James Version was commissioned by King James I during a time of unrest and division in England. He brought together Anglican leaders and Puritans – who had disdain for one another – at Hampton Court in January 1604 for a conference that would lead to a new translation.
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