Is the King James Bible the Most Accurate Translation?

The King James is filled with many minor errors, but not enough to affect the integrity of the Word of God

Once again we have a great question regarding the infallibility of the Bible. The King James Bible was produced in 1611 based on 6 different Greek manuscripts dating back about 500 years. Today we have over 6,000 Greek manuscripts dating back to the 2nd century. The differences between today’s modern version and the King James Bible which was based on 6 Greek manuscripts is that the King James Bible contains about 5,000 errors. Many of these errors are untranslatable and are based of punctuation. But there remain several hundred portions of text which differ significantly.

Prior to the invention of the printing press Bible manuscripts were copied by hand by scribes or professional copyists. As a result of this no two manuscripts are even close to being correct. Two scribes or copyist sitting side by side would make simple copying errors or in some cases more serious errors like translation errors.

Remember, the King James was based on 6 different Greek manuscripts dating back about 500 years. The modern versions of today were based on over 6,000 manuscripts dating back to the second century. So it would seem that translations that date back to the second century, if they conflict with the manuscripts used to create the King James Bible, might be more accurate. Especially if there are upwards of multiple thousands of them.

Do Any of the Errors in the King James Bible Affect Beliefs in Christianity?

Watch Dr. Daniel Wallace on this short YouTube video (CLICK HERE) discuss the differences between the The King James Bible and modern translations. Dr. Daniel Wallace, one of the world’s leading experts in New Testament Greek and New Testament manuscripts, explains the difference between the King James Bible and modern translations.



Gregg F. Swift, J.D.