The King James Version Defended
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The King James Version Defended, by Dr. Edward F. Hills (available in print on Amazon), is one of the seminal works of the 20th century with regard to the preservation and translation of God's word.
In addition to presenting a solid, Bible-believing defense of pure Scripture and a clear explanation of the problems of modern textual scholarship, he explains an understandable logic of faith that should be required reading for anyone interested in studying the Bible from a believing viewpoint.
From the back cover:
The Bible in English has fallen on hard times. Not only do some feminists see it as a format from which to transform Ancient Near Eastern, patriarchal religions into modern, 20th century paradigms of egalitarianism, but the American Bible publishing industry has reduced it to a commodity, hoping to maximize gains by imposing a marketing-manufactured consensus on conservative evangelicals, calling it the beginning of a "new tradition." Edward F. Hills in his work The King James Version Defended represents a sober and compelling argument for the "old tradition." As a well-trained classicist and an internationally recognized New Testament text critic, he analyzes the problems of both modern language translations and current New Testament text criticism methodology. With the sometimes widespread and uncritical acceptance of such translations as the New International Version by pastors as well as laymen, this defense of the historic, English Protestant Bible should be read by all who share an interest in these areas.
Edward Freer Hills was a distinguished Latin and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Yale University. He also earned the Th.B. degree from Westminster Theological Seminary and the Th.M. degree from Columbia Theological Seminary. After doing doctoral work at the University of Chicago in New Testament text criticism, he completed his program at Harvard, earning the Th.D. in this field. He is also the author of Believing Bible Study.
Hills' book has the following nine chapters:
- God's Three-fold Revelation of Himself
- A Short History of Unbelief
- A Short History of Modernism
- A Christian View of the Biblical Text
- The Facts of New Testament Textual Criticism
- Dean Burgeon and the Traditional New Testament Text
- The Traditional New Testament Text
- The Textus Receptus and the King James Version
- Christ's Holy War with Satan