On that historic day, May 2, 1611, the publication of the King James Bible helped fuel the revolution in the American colonies.


The most famous version of the world’s most influential book, the King James Bible, was published on this day in history, May 2, 1611.

“The King James Version, or Authorized Version, of the Bible remains the most widely published text in the English language,” says the British Library.

Commissioned by King James I of England in 1604, famous for his elaborately written versions of tales from the Old and New Testaments; his success in bringing the Word of God to the common English-speaking people; and its effect on the American colonies.


“By commissioning the first complete English translation of Christianity’s holiest book, the King hoped to quell the resentment of the Puritan faction of the Church of England,” writes MapsoftheWorld.com.

“The result is a significant impact on the language itself, in addition to an authoritative text from which to continue building a national religion.”

A King James Bible printed in 1616 and translated by James I is on display at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. on September 27, 2011. Labeled Folger’s “Many Magnificence: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible.” 400 years since the publication of the King James Bible. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

The King James Bible was finally published in 1611, but the date of its first publication is unknown.

In 2011, during the worldwide celebration of the 400th anniversary of the King James Version, Bible scholars identified May 2 as the most likely date.

“The King James Version, or Authorized Version, of the Bible remains the most widely published text in the English language.” – British Library

King James I proved to be the most important monarch in the growth of the future United States.

He hired the Virginia Company, which established the first permanent English settlement in the American colonies in 1607.

Settlement of Jamestown

Settlers landed on the site of Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in America. It was named after King James I, who supported the mission. (MPI/Getty Images)

Jamestown, Virginia is named in his honor.

Although the King James Bible was usually printed in Great Britain, it was widely read in the American colonies.

This pulpit book helped fuel the American independence movement during the First Great Awakening in the mid-1700s.


Robert Aitken, a Scottish bookseller from Philadelphia, printed a version of the King James Bible in the American colonies in the 1770s.

“It was called the ‘Bible of the Revolution’ because it was printed in miniature so that copies could be distributed to soldiers in the colonial army,” Cedarville University’s website states. , Ohio State Christian College.

The King James Bible was known as the ‘Bible of the Revolution’…issued to soldiers in the colonial army.’ — Cedarville University

The story of the King James Bible is filled with all the political and religious intrigues and conflicts that have defined the British monarchy for centuries.

King James I

Portrait of King James I of England (1566-1625). Found in the collection of the National Museum in Stockholm. (Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

King James VI came to the throne of Scotland in 1567 when he was only 13 months old. He became King James I of England after the death of Queen Elizabeth I in 1603.

Queen Elizabeth, among other legacies, ordered the brutal beheading of King James’ mother, Mary Queen of Scots, in 1587.

His mother’s death paved the way for King James VI of Scotland to one day rule England at the age of just 36.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY, February. 8 1587, MARY, Princess of Scots, beheaded by order of her cousin, Queen ELIZABETH I.

Under his command, a team of about 50 researchers spent seven years producing the new volume.

The King James Version was not the first Bible in English.

However, it was the first Bible in English to bear the seal of approval of the monarchy, so it was the first to be widely read by common people in Britain.

Death of Mary Queen of Scots

Execution of Mary Queen of Scots (1542-1587), mother of King James I of England. As the queen walked to her death, she was heard to repeat several times, “Lord, into your hands I commit my spirit.” He was convicted of trying to depose Queen Elizabeth I. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Earlier versions in English were written in secret, often at the risk of death.

William Tyndale fled England to Germany in 1524 and 1525 to make English translations of the Bible.

” Mr ! Open the eyes of the King of England. — William Tyndale, martyr, first author of the English Bible

Copies of his New Testament were smuggled into Britain before the discovery of the Tyndale heresy.

Text of the King James Bible

June 10, 1953: First issue of the first edition of the “Authorized Version” of the English Bible, printed in London in 1611 by Robert Barker. Commissioned by King James I, it is also known as the King James Version. (Topic News Agency/Holton Archive/Getty Images)

Britannica writes about the last days of the scholar: “Tyndale continued his work on the translation of the Old Testament, but before it was finished he was arrested in Antwerp.”


“Convicted of heresy, he was strangled and then burned at the stake in Vilvoorde, Belgium, in 1536.”

Tyndall’s legacy lives on today.

William Tyndale

Martyrdom of William Tyndale in 1536 at Villevoorde Castle, Belgium. An English scholar who became a leading figure of the Protestant Reformation. After the engraving in Fox’s Acts and Monuments of Martyrs, 1684. (Universal History Archives/Universal Image Group via Getty Images)

The British Library attributes 80% of the King James Bible to Tyndale’s Testament.


Before meeting his horrible death, the martyr cried: “My Lord! Open the eyes of the King of England.’

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