Holy Bible: Authorized King James Version with Apocrypha

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

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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

Matt Keefe

Somewhat far-fetched. Overlong. Unimaginative. Problematic in several regards. Not as big as it thinks it is, certainly not as clever.

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.

Yasiru (reviews will soon be removed and linked to blog)

Author responded very rudely with lightning bolts when his absolute authority was questioned.

Ethan Miller

This is a great edition for what I wanted and needed from the "good book"; reference, inspiration and casual use/reading.

Carol Lindsey

God, this book just goes on and on. The author was wise to remain "anonymous". Seriously, not a good book for an airplane trip or cruise. Will not read again.

David Smith

Now it is apparent to me. Maybe not to you but certainly to myself.My thoughts concur wholeheartedly with those of Mr. Jon Willis. His review of the book is fair,honest, straight to the heart of the matter. One of the many finer reviews here at Goodreads.


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.


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.


Reading the Bible for my English studies, who would have thought that. I do understand why, no worries. Fortunately I did have a good basis of Bible studies in my childhood and teenage years so that most of it felt familiar, because we had to work through the Bible in just a few weeks. It felt familiar and good. more

Dustin Langan

Hell of a book!


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

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.

Michael Fogleman

Read Matthew, Luke, Acts, Gospel of John, First Letter of John, I Corinthians, and Romans.


Don't believe in it, but it is an important book.


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.

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