A Study of the King James Version of the Bible
THE lectures included in this volume were prepared at the request of the
Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, and were delivered in the early part of
1912, under its auspices. They were suggested by the tercentenary of the King
James version of the Bible. The plan adopted led to a restatement of the history
which prepared for the version, and of that which produced it. It was natural next
to point out its principal characteristics as a piece of literature. Two lectures
followed, noting its influence on literature and on history. The course closed with
a statement and argument regarding the place of the Bible in the life of to-day.
The reception accorded the lectures at the time of their public delivery, and the
discussion which ensued upon some of the points raised, encourage the hope
that they may be more widely useful.
It is a pleasure to assign to Dr. Franklin W. Hooper, director of the Institute,
whatever credit the work may merit. Certainly it would not have been undertaken
without his kindly urgency.
CLELAND BOYD McAFEE.
Brooklyn, New York, May, 1912.