Why You Should Read the KJV

The KJV is the best-selling book of all time—and still the most widely read Bible in the United States today. Its English has had a profound influence on our own.

In recent decades, however, the KJV has been at the center of a debate over the quality of different Bible translations. Vocal supporters of the KJV frequently say that it is the only truly accurate translation of our ultimate source of authority, Holy Scripture. Opponents say the KJV is too hard to read.

In Authorized: The Use and Misuse of the King James Bible, one of Lexham Press’ newest releases, Mark Ward describes the good things the KJV brought us but also encourages readers to use all the good English Bible translations available.

What do we gain by reading the KJV, and what do we miss if we don’t? What distinguishes the KJV from other translations and how critical are those differences? What effects have 400-plus years of change in English had on the current readability of the most widely read English Bible?

Mark Ward utilizes expert scholarship to present clear and cogent insights into these very important issues, all while keeping the book engaging, light, and oftentimes humorous. Laypersons, pastors, and scholars alike will find it enlightening and useful in an ongoing debate.

Get Authorized: The Use and Misuse of the King James Bible today at a great price! And be sure to check out all of Lexham Press’ latest releases.


  1. Charles Miller says

    I do not know if it was their intent but our bloggers have said nice things about this book on the KJV but have not provided technical information. I would call this review a stab in the back for the book without saying anything bad. They comment that some call the KJV the most accurate translation but do not tell us why. They refer to opponents as saying that the book is hard to read which is not an opposing view. the opposing view is that the JKV uses primarily 12 century documents for the New Testament, etc. The argument that is is hard to read is difficult to debate without knowing which of the thousands of versions of the KJV we are discussing. I have at my fingertips a NJKV, a corrected Cambridge Edition KJV from about 1900, and an Authorized Version that I have labeled 1769 for some reason. Did you think we should buy this book or not. Why?