Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Most people under 35 have never heard of the KJV? This seems hard to believe.

But that is the claim being made by the King James Trust which commissioned the poll.

More than half of young adults have never heard of the King James Version of the Bible, according to a new survey. The influential translation, which will celebrate its 400th anniversary next year, is believed to be the biggest selling book ever produced.

But a new poll has revealed that 51 per cent of under-35s have never heard of the King James Bible, compared to 28 per cent for those over the age of 55.

A spokesman for the King James Bible Trust, which commissioned the poll, said: “There has been a dramatic drop in knowledge in a generation. “Yet this is a work which was far more influential than Shakespeare in the development and spread of English.”

Read the full article here.

1 comment:

  1. For more news about the 400th anniversary of the 1611 King James Version Bible, be sure to visit the new website. As was done for the Gutenberg Bible, a leather-bound leaf book is being issued.

    Two big surprises:

    1. The leaf book’s authors have compiled the first worldwide census of extant copies of the original first printing of the 1611 King James Version (sometimes referred to as the "He" Bible). For decades, authorities from the British Museum, et al., have estimated that “around 50 copies” of that first printing still exist. The real number is quite different.

    2. As well, one of the authors has discovered the exact price at which the first KJV Bibles were sold back in 1611. That price has eluded experts for generations. The finding was quite a surprise!

    For more information, you're invited to contact Donald L. Brake, Sr., PhD, at or David Sanford at