Many people claim that the King James Bible is the most reliable version, even though it can be very difficult to understand. But is it actually more reliable than more modern versions? See more from Redux University here.
Ken Wytsma, Founder of The Justice Conference, is an Author and Pastor and serves as President of Kilns College. Daniel Wallace, Founder of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts, is a leading expert in New Testament Greek and New Testament manuscripts at Dallas Theological Seminary. Clint Arnold, President of the Evangelical Theological Society, is the Chair of New Testament Studies at Talbot Theological Seminary.
Ken Wytsma :: The King James Version
“God didn’t drop an English, Shakespearean bible out of the sky; it was a translation from the original languages,” says Ken Wytsma, President of Kilns College and Founder of The Justice Conference, “and as a translation, you then need to be able to hold it against other translations and say: which is best?” The Greek manuscripts are available for anyone to evaluate the authenticity or reliability of a translation. Ancient manuscripts are the authoritative texts, not any English translation, King James or otherwise.
Daniel Wallace :: The King James Bible
“You can be a Christian reading the King James, just as you can be with modern translations,” says Dr. Daniel Wallace, one of the world’s leading experts in New Testament Greek and New Testament manuscripts. About 5,000 differences exist between the King James Bible and modern texts. Those variances can be attributed to a number of factors, not the least of which is that modern translations have the advantage of almost 1,000 times as many Greek manuscripts as was available at the time of the King James translation.
Clint Arnold :: King James Only (answering those who believe in the King James Version alone)
“The church [existed] for hundreds of years, where the common version of the bible was the Latin Vulgate,” says Dr. Clint Arnold. “By asserting King James only, are we saying that people – for centuries – did not have the word of God?” The King James is only one English translation of the Bible from one time period, and we have to be careful not to be ‘era-centric’ or ethno-centric in the way we evaluate translations.