The Book That Changed the World
March-April Good News: The Book That Changed the World
This issue commemorates a crucial milestone in Western civilization—the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible. We can easily take this book for granted, not realizing what a landmark achievement it was and how its publication changed the world in significant ways.
Published in 1611 after being commissioned by England’s King James I, the King James Bible was the culmination of a seven-year effort to translate the Holy Scriptures from the original Greek and Hebrew into a book that could be readily understood and read by English speakers. For almost four centuries it has been the world’s bestselling Bible version, with literally millions of copies produced and sold over the years.
This issue’s lead article, “The Book That Changed the World,” tells the story of this heroic effort to produce a Bible for the common man and tells of some who literally gave their lives so others could know God’s Word. It’s an inspiring and fascinating story—as is “The Bible—Miracle of Miracles,” which relates a number of miracles, over thousands of years, leading to the Word of God being made available and affordable in many languages.
Other articles in this issue explain our need to read and study the Bible; the fascinating religious background behind England’s King George VI, subject of the recent Oscar-winning movie The King’s Speech; what’s behind the wave of unrest and demonstrations in the Middle East that have led to the overthrow of governments in Tunisia and Egypt; America’s huge debt problem; whether Jesus Christ would celebrate Easter and whether He failed as the prophesied Messiah foretold in Scripture.
We hope you’ll enjoy these eye-opening articles, and we also hope you’ll join us in praying that many others may have the opportunity to learn and share in these wonderful truths. We appreciate the faithfulness and generosity of all those who make it possible to share these wonderful truths from God’s Word.
Scott Ashley—managing editor, The Good News