In 2011, English speakers -- and Christians in particular -- celebrated the 400th anniversary of the first printing of the King James "Authorized Version" of the Bible.
The KJV, heralded both for its longstanding value as a translation of Scripture and for its impact on the English language, was commissioned in 1604. Seven years later, in 1611, royal printer Robert Barker produced the first copies of the new English version of the Bible.
A second printing took place in 1613, with a third in 1617.
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary acquired a copy of the King James Bible from that 1617 printing from a former Primitive Baptist minister and his family in Atwood, Tenn., in August 2011. ...