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27 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 08 May 2011

Award-winning religious affairs programme. To mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible this month, Roy Jenkins and guests explore its history, influence and legacy.

  • King James Bible

    If we're late for dinner today we might well say we've arrived by ‘the skin of our teeth’. We'll thank the cook by praising her ‘labour of love’ and call her ‘the salt of the earth’. We'll have quoted the Bible three times, probably without recognising it because its words have infused the language for four centuries.

    Today’s All Things Considered marks the 400th anniversary this month of the King James Bible, which has been described as 'the core of English consciousness and the touchstone of the culture'. The translation of Bishop William Morgan from the same era similarly helped to shape both language and worship in Wales, but the King James Bible has left its mark across the world.

    Roy Jenkins and guests explore the history of the Authorised Version, asking how much of its influence remains? And is it really a useful tool in a day when hundreds of modern translations are freely available?


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