Authorized Version

Authorized Version
The English translation of the Bible published in 1611; though not formally ‘authorized’, it was generally adopted within a generation for public reading in church. The work was initiated at the Hampton Court Conference of 1604 called by King James Ⅰ and so is known also as the King James Version. It was partly based on the translation from the original languages made by William Tyndale [[➝ Tyndale, William]] (NT in 1526) and was completed in five years by six committees of fifty-four scholars in all, meeting in Oxford, Cambridge, and the Jerusalem Chamber of Westminster Abbey. Early reactions to the AV were hostile: it had ‘all the disadvantages of an old prose translation’ with ‘uncouth and obsolete expressions’. But it began to be widely accepted from about 1760, and has been of enormous influence on English literature. A revision by Benjamin Blayney of Oxford in 1769 established some alterations in the text. (See translations of the Bible into modern English and textus receptus.)

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  • Authorized Version — n. the revised English translation of the Bible published in England in 1611 with the authorization of King James I: also called King James Version …   English World dictionary

  • Authorized Version — ► NOUN ▪ an English translation of the Bible made in 1611, at the order of James I …   English terms dictionary

  • Authorized Version — noun an English translation of the Bible published in 1611 • Syn: ↑King James Version, ↑King James Bible • Instance Hypernyms: ↑Bible, ↑Christian Bible, ↑Book, ↑Good Book, ↑Holy Scripture …   Useful english dictionary

  • Authorized Version, The — • Historical background on the AV, also called the King James Bible Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006 …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Authorized Version — Authorized Ver|sion BrE the English translation of the Bible made in England in 1611 …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Authorized Version — an English version of the Bible prepared in England under James I and published in 1611. Also called King James Version. * * * …   Universalium

  • Authorized Version — noun Date: 1824 a revision of the English Bishops Bible carried out under James I, published in 1611, and widely used by Protestants called also King James Version …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Authorized Version — Au′thorized Ver′sion n. bib rel King James Version …   From formal English to slang

  • The Authorized Version — Authorized Au thor*ized, a. 1. Possessed of or endowed with authority; as, an authorized agent. [1913 Webster] 2. Sanctioned by authority. [1913 Webster] {The Authorized Version} of the Bible is the English translation of the Bible published in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Authorized Version — noun A translation of the Bible from the original Hebrew (Old Testament) and Greek (New Testament) commisioned for the Church of England. Syn: King James Bible …   Wiktionary

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