Question of the day: the Bible before 1611.

Today is week 13 in the series of questions put forth by Dr. Sam Gipp in His book “The Answer Book.”* I feel like these questions have been beneficial for people on both sides of the fence:  you share your thoughts, others share their thoughts – everyone learns something in between.

As I said before, the point of these questions is not to start a Baptist War, but rather encourage everyone to engage in a discussion and learn from and among fellow believers. I believe everyone’s doing a good job at sticking to the purpose.

I don’t want you to rely on “he said, she said” or even unconfirmed history. Read your Bible, study accurate accounts of History, pray about it, and take what you don’t understand by faith.

I will post Dr. Gipp’s written answer to the question tomorrow, so be sure to check back on here for the answer to today’s question.

Here’s the question for today…

Where was the Bible before 1611?

Thoughts?  Opinions?  Scriptures to back your position?

*All material from “The Answer Book”© is used on Grow Up! with permission received directly from Dr. Sam Gipp.


Posted on August 15, 2011, in Question of the Day and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. I bet we’re gonna find out.

  2. Questions like this drive me crazy.

  3. At the same place it was in 1610… I find it interesting that both John Calvin and Luther never had the KJV.

  4. Craig – great answer. I also find it interesting that the majority of the Christians in the world today do not use KJV since most of them do not speak English…

  5. That is a good question!

  6. Wonder what they’re using in Costa Rica?

  7. The more stuff I read from this Gipp guy, the more I find myself immersed in head-shaking disbelief. His logic, and the way he arrives at conclusions, is astounding in its illogic.

    My browser tells me that “illogic” is not a word. Well, thanks to Gipp, it is now.

  8. danielandtonya

    To answer this question, one must engage in textual criticism (of English Bibles). This is nothing scary. It simply means looking at manuscript evidence. As you have stated, this is not necessary for a rich spiritual life within a church community. But if inquiring minds want to know…

    This question seems to assume some kind of Anglo cultural supremacy, which would disregard the history of Hebrew and Greek Bibles from antiquity (we’ve commented on that before in the LXX post). This would also disregard the gospel in Spanish, which should be very important to anyone who spends any amount of time in Costa Rica- one of our favorite places and yours.

    So if one limits oneself to the Bible in English, then the precursor(s) to the 1611 KJV would be the translation traditions of Wycliffe and Tyndale. In fact, one might be surprised to find out just how much the KJV has in common with these predecessors.

    For more on this, and all things related to church history, see Justo Gonzalez’ (1984) “The Story of Christianity”. Not perfect, but a good introduction to this and many other historical issues.

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