Holy Bible: Authorized King James Version with Apocrypha

ISBN: 0192835254
ISBN 13: 9780192835253
By: Anonymous Robert P. Carroll Stephen Prickett

Check Price Now


Christianity Classics Currently Reading Favorites Fiction Philosophy Reference Religion Theology To Read

About this book

The Bible is the most important book in the history of Western civilization, and also the most difficult to interpret. It has been the vehicle of continual conflict, with every interpretation reflecting passionately held views that have affected not merely religion, but politics, art, and even science. This unique edition offers an exciting new approach to the most influential of all English biblical texts--the Authorized King James Version, complete with the Apocrypha. Its wide-ranging Introduction and the substantial notes to each book of the Bible guide the reader through the labyrinth of literary, textual, and theological issues, using the most up-to-date scholarship to demonstrate how and why the Bible has affected the literature, art and general culture of the English-speaking world. The Bible: Authorized King James Version also includes the latest biblical research, evaluated and put into context as well as discussing centuries of critical opinion. A non-sectarian, historical approach makes it suitable for a wide range of readers. A Glossary of terms used in the Notes and six maps of the Holy Land further illuminate the meaning of this most culturally influential version of the Bible.

Reader's Thoughts

Kilburn Adam

I can't do it. Got to page 827. Took a break to read some Burroughs. And realised, what's the point in punishing myself. It's shit, don't bother.


Beautifully written but morally reprehensible, the bible is best read as a piece of historical fiction and nothing more.

Dustin Langan

Hell of a book!

John Fanning

It gets 5 stars for:The Song of SolomonEcclesiastesPsalms, esp. 23ProverbsThe rest, well... I'd prefer to read The Gospel of Thomas. Now that's a book.


Crazy book. I read all of it, including the Apocrypha, and I am glad that I did because it makes me understand religion a lot more, especially one that is so influential upon the world, socially, politically, culturally and aesthetically. It was better to read the original, albeit in translation, so that I could see and perceive for myself. It comes in the form of an epic historiography, written by different people, and the New Testament shows a break and progression into a new Christian religion from the Judaic Old Testament and Apocrypha. It has many fantastic elements, like visions and miracles, married with much admonishment and preaching. So much of it is open to interpretation and dare I say it, confused, but the overriding sense I got from it was that faith in its God is paramount. I ideologically disagree with much of it, especially as a non-believer, but think it a good reflection of humans, who created it, that it holds psychological interest for that, and that there are a number of good stories in it. The tone is beguilingly fervent and insane, even if it is overly long and sometimes feels silly.


I think that no matter what you believe, you should read some of these stories, because they are part of culture and history, if not your own personal beliefs.

Alan Linic

A little long, a little inconsistent. To be honest, I got bored from time to time and skipped entire sections. Having a little trouble seeing why it's the bestselling book of all time, but everyone talks about it so much I figured I'd better give it a shot.


I finally got around to it. As literature, it's lacking at best. Lots of inconsistencies and contradictions.

Joseph Carroll

Decent story, but the delivery was pretty spotty. Plot holes everywhere. The antagonist (God) is rather inconsistent, he constantly gives mixed messages to various characters throughout the book.


Well, I did it. I actually finished it.Will write more later on blog.

Gabriel Cubbage

It's no Twilight. Then again the movie versions of this book are better. Minus two stars for Deuteronomy (really drags the story down), the blatantly obvious Christ figure, poor foreshadowing, and the inexplicable lack of Voldemort.This book was ghostwritten by Shakespeare, so I really expected more intrigue and obscure words for "chicken". The unicorns were a nice touch, though.SPOILERS:* Jesus dies.* Final chapter scary as hell. I think there's a dragon or maybe it's a lamb disguised as one? I don't know but it gave me nightmares. Michael Bay should make a horror movie out of this chapter. Maybe Sigur Ros could do the score?* God is kind of a jerk!


To complement my thriving exegesis skills I am determined to sift through this 1000 page tome of fiction, infant murder, genocide, incest and a host of other inhuman pestilences.


* this review contains spoilers*This book is one of the most famous, and certainly one of the most intriguing historical family dramas ever written. Psychologically and emotionally it is in many ways "ahead of its time", charting as it does the life, loves and turbulent relationships of a father and son over a period of 1,000 years. The structure of the book is near genius, splitting the story into two main sections "The Old Testament" which looks at the life of the father and the "New Testament" focussing mainly on the son. What I particularly liked about this was the way the section forces us, as readers to reshape, reinterpret and re-evaluate the story as it was initially told by God. It's in some ways a very freudian tale, God, being single and lonely tries to ingratiate himself to a tribe of people but eventually becomes too domineering and controlling and they eventually reject him. Naturally he gets angry and upset with these people and the first section plays out as a battle of intellectual and emotional wits between God (aka Yahweh) and the Jews. Feeling rejected God eventually has an affair with Mary, giving birth to Jesus, but finding Jesus a less vengeful, more rounded individual who won't help him punish the Jews but keeps preaching instead about love and turning the other cheek, he ends up denying his love for Mary and engineering Jesus -his own son's - death. In the end, family drama blends with gothic horror as Jesus rises from the dead and eventually finds a way to forgive his father for the pain and torture that he put him through.This is a simplification of the plot. What's so great aout this book are the myriad subplots and sidestories and clever narrative strategies that are used throughout. For instance this book gives us some of the most classic examples of the unreliable narrator. If Jesus' story questions the original Yahweh/God tale then the further layers of subtlety that are added on by the fact that every single chapter/section is written by someone else who may or may not have known Jesus, may or may not have understood his story correctly, or may simply be making it all up, is genius. For instance, Jesus' initial tale is told four times from different perspectives and some of the events overlap or have differing perspectives. The introduction of a further character "Paul" who attempts to take Jesus' tragic story and profit from it as a kind of popularity contest, often putting words into Jesus mouth and convincing others that they should create some kind of "cult" around him truly adds to the atmosphere of the book, creating a real sense of dread and paranoia that only HP Lovecraft was to match several thousand years later. It may be a bit of a chore to read the opening "Old Testament" section for many since there aren't many good or heroic characters which the reader can relate to. Whilst there is love and romance in the book the main thrust of the story is dominated by Yahweh and his spite and vengeance, and generally his nefarious plans come to fruition. For instance, in one section he torments and plagues an innocent man, Job, destroying his possessions and his offspring and plaguing him with disease just to prove that he's in control. Regardless Job continues to love and forgive God (a theme picked up by Jesus in the latter half of the book). Ultimately though, what made this initial section so intriguing for me was the realistic psychology and the way the narrators of the stories handle living their lives in fear of a tyrant. Yahweh is clearly a paranoid, deluded schizophrenic psychopath trying himself to come to terms with his own mental illness and people's continued rejection of him. It's quite touching that he's accepted by the Jews repeatedly, despite his crimes against them (and the other tribes that he continually insists that the Jews destroy on his behalf in fits of deluded righteous anger). It's certainly an exciting section in many ways but it can be hard to stomach at times.Most modern readers are probably going to prefer book two, for its contrasting whimsy and optimism. Jesus is a decent, loveable guy who doesn't have a bad word to say about anyone, even his horrible neighbours. Given his father's temperament his kindness and mild-mannerdness is surprising although it's clear at times that he's inherited some form of mental illness as he often quotes himself as being his father. Like his father he has a desire to lead and to control but he does so in more subtle ways even if by the end of the book there are suggestions that he too would bring hellfire on all of those who do not follow him. Ultimately one has to conclude that Jesus is overcompensating for his father's ill mannered aggressive "love" and that he's perhaps a little naive in the ways of the world. His meekness eventually gets himself killed and his followers persecuted in ways that one feels could have been avoided.To conclude, then, this is perhaps the perfect book, the ultimate story of love and betrayal, a sweeping epic with a historical background (even for its times, this stuff was "history" taking place hundreds of years before the book was written) with a psychological depth that Tolstoy would - must - have envied and with an eye to postmodern narrative conepts I think may have had an influence on the likes of Pynchon and Delillo. I can't do it justice in one short review, everyone should read and learn from this book.


Together with Shakespeare and the Book of Common Prayer, the Authorized Version had a decisive impact on the development of modern English. This edition presents it complete with the Apocrypha, which are an integral part of the translation (it was originally illegal in England to publish the Authorized Version without the Apocrypha). While other translations may be more suitable for scholarly use or study, the Authorized Version is without peer as a text for devotional and liturgical use, and for enjoyment of the sheer majesty of the translation.

Siddharth Joshi

First things first. The stories in the Bible have been dictated by peasants and shepherds who lived in very backward areas of the Middle East. At this stage in world history, there were many civilizations who were centuries ahead of these nomads. However, the illiterate populace of the Middle East were drawn toward this cult of fear,ignorance and blind faith. Christianity soon became a very popular religion although Christians were ruthlessly persecuted by the Roman Empire. This changed when Constantine became the Roman Emperor. He converted to Christianity and the rest, they say, is history. Well, that's a short paragraph on how Christianity became so popular. Now coming to the Bible itself. The god of the Bible is egomaniacal,irrational,homicidal,genocidal,homophobic,sexist,racist,jealous and arrogant.Remember, this is the same all-loving,all powerful god of the Christians. Some of the stories in the Bible are so ridiculous (Noah's Ark) and some are just unreadable (Job).The Bible is full of contradictions everywhere. This book has dominated the western world for so long and it's message has caused the deaths of millions of innocent lives in almost all parts of the world. Indeed, the book is so bad that it is said to be the number one 'source' of Atheism.Read this book to see how ridiculously ignorant and foolish humans can be.

Share your thoughts

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *