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The Book That Changed the World

March-April Good News: The Book That Changed the World

The March-April issue of The Good News has now been mailed and is arriving in subscribers’ homes.

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

March 7, 2011 - Posted by | Good News Magazine, Media and Communications | , , ,


  1. Truly, God, in His infinite lovingkindnesses and mercies, has made known to His offspring, humanity, day by day, as we awaken from our sleep, His glories which He has made and upold continuously that His offspring may know that we are without excuse before Him for He hangs the earth, the sun, moon and other stars upon the heavens and He clothes it with His set ordinances which will not fail unless He takes His hand away. So too, His glories which come out of the phsyical earth are well known to all men and in these days, as no other, are well documented for all those who would inquire.

    Even so, He has not left humanity, His offspring, without a source of inquiry that we may come to know Him and His Holy One, each in our appointed times of glory as revealed in His Holy Scriptures. He has also caused to be preserved in the histories of man, if we seek them out, that which corroborates that which has been written in the Scripture of Truth that we may be without excuse in our acknowledgment of “Them” as the Creator and Sustainer of all that has been, and is, and will be in the AGES TO COME. ONWARD TOWARDS THE KINGDOM.

    Comment by dwight s stewart | March 7, 2011 | Reply

  2. Yes, this is a wonderful edition of the Good News! It really makes us appreciate what we have been given, and is an edition we can benefit from for a long time. The rest have been great for their intent, but this one gives thought to how much God provided and how much special men responded to the need.
    We have our work to do, and I pray for the help I need daily to grow into that accom-plishment. Thanks again, Mr. Ashley!

    Comment by Barbara | March 8, 2011 | Reply

  3. Dear Scott,
    I haven’t yet finished this March/April 2011 edition for the reason that I’ll get to. I found your opening “Heed These Words of Wisdom” easy to read, eye opening, and thought provoking. Thank you.

    Next; I began to read the feature article by John Ross Schroeder and was equally impressed until I came to the bottom of the second page —- and lost it —– . As I love to read, and am old (far past my three score and ten), I’m not used to the confused manner of some publications today.

    The many inserts printed on pages 5,6,7,and 8 – fractured the continuity of that well written feature article. I think I’ve mentioned this before. This type of a layout is counter productive and very very distracting.

    Comment by Robert B. Reynolds | March 8, 2011 | Reply

  4. 400 years. Hmmm?? What an interesting number.

    Comment by Gary Jacques | March 10, 2011 | Reply

  5. As it has been referred to as God’s instruction manual for mankind, I can see why it is still the number 1 best selling book in the world

    Comment by Jim Wheeler | March 11, 2011 | Reply

  6. I tried to post a comment last night concerning the article in the latest Good News titled “The Book That Changed the World”. I must have done something wrong since the post is not listed today. My comment was that it is my understanding that King James put various restrictions and/or requirements on the translators before and/or during the seven-year effort to translate the Holy Scriptures from the original Greek and Hebrew. (I seem to recall that there were 15 such restrictions and/or requirements.) Also it is my understanding, as stated in the article that William Tyndale’s translation was the basis for the 1611 KJV and ‘Tyndale’s words account for 84% of the New Testament and 75.8% of the Old Testament’ in the 1611 KJV. I wonder if it is possible that the remaining portion (16% to 24.2%) of the 1611 KJV that is not Tyndale’s could be the result of those restrictions and/or requirements of King James. Have there been any studies concerning this possibility?

    Comment by Homer Wray | March 13, 2011 | Reply

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