Translated by order of King James I (1566-1625)
Commissioned in 1604 by King James I, the King James version of the Bible was a significant literary achievement of the Renaissance, representing 200 years labor toward creating the best English translation up to that time from the original texts. From its completion in 1611 through the present, the King James Bible has exerted a powerful influence over the language of writers in English, as well as on the lives of believers. The 1611 translation included the 39 book Old Testament, the 26 book New Testament, and the 15 works of the "Apocrypha," writings found in the Greek versions of the original texts that were missing from the Hebrew. Today, the Apocrypha is often included in Roman Catholic and Orthodox Bibles, but is omitted from Protestant Bibles, and is generally not considered to be "inspired."
A HandStory eBook Classic containing the Deuterocanonical Books of the 1611 King James translation of the Bible. Dubbed the Apocrypha in a the Fifth Century, these 15 works were found in the Greek versions of the original texts but were missing from the Hebrew. They are generally not considered to be "inspired." First published in 1611.
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