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Weekly e-Gram for members and friends of Dublin Community Church

March 23, 2012

TAKING HIS TALENTS FROM EDINBURGH TO LONDON

I was watching TV recently and one of the stars of the show was telling this young man about a great rock and roll singer from the 1980’s. As the star went on and on about the fabulous singer from another era it occurred to the star that the young man, aged 20, to whom he was speaking, had no idea of what went on in the 1980’s.

“You’ve never even heard of this person that I am talking about, have you?” said the star.

“Not really,” mumbled the young man.

I grew up in the 1950’s and 60’s and in that era our churches were still using the King James Version of the Bible; and also, the Revised Standard Version.

I recently asked the Confirmation Class about the “King James Version” of the Bible. Most admitted that they were familiar with the term though I suspect it held as much meaning as the term “Kazakhstan.” I heard a couple of the boys comment to each other about “King James” meaning LeBron James.

Precisely. The term “King James” is known more as a great basketball star (though I wouldn’t necessarily utter his name in the Cleveland area these days) than as the King of England, from Edinburgh, Scotland, who authorized a Bible translation. Even to people of my age, “King James” the man is an unknown, except for his Bible. And that is why we are going to explore King James and the making of the King James Bible in a four-week session in the Spring.

One thing is for certain: the impact of the King James Bible on the English language is as strong as the works of Shakespeare. We aim to find out a bit more about the King and about his Bible. It’s important to students of the Bible and students of the English language. I guess you could say it’s a “Slam Dunk;” something that even the modern King James of Miami could appreciate.

Peace, Rev. Bob Tussing

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