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1611 King James Bible Leaf Ezekiel 40:21 – 41:17
Printed in London by Robert Barker in 1611.
A very nice example of a King James Bible Leaf, a very rare and important printing of the Bible.
Approx. 10 inches x approx. 15 inches.
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Includes a Photo-copy, not the original, of the New Testament Title page.
Published by Robert Barker
Published in: London
The King James Bible contains more than 780,000 words in over three million individual characters. But one edition of this Bible is famous because of a single letter. In one edition of the 1611 King James Bible, Ruth 3:15 reads, “he went into the cit[y],” referring to the character of Boaz. This edition is called the “He” Bible. The other 1611 edition reads, “she went into the cit[y],” referring to Ruth, earning it the name, the “She” Bible. Interestingly, the discrepancy is probably not the mistake of a typesetter. In fact, the choice of “he” is more unusual than “she.” The difference can be traced to ambiguity in the context of the passage and in the use of different Hebrew manuscripts used for translation. Major Bible translations differ on this verse even today. Some describe Boaz, and some describe Ruth, going back into the city. Three million letters … and a single one has separated these King James Bible editions for centuries.
Published in 1611, the King James Bible spread quickly throughout Europe. Because of the wealth of resources devoted to the project, it was the most faithful and scholarly translation to date—not to mention the most accessible. Before, the Bible had been the sole property of the Church, now more and more people could read it themselves. Not only that, but the language they read in the King James Bible was an English unlike anything they had read before. With its poetic cadences and vivid imagery, the KJV sounded to many like the voice of God himself. Described as one of the most important books in English, the King James version bolstered the English-speaking world and contributed to English literacy for countless years.
1611 King James Bible Leaf