Sound advice here from Dan Wallace. He provides recommendations in a few categories. The first one may surprise some readers, but I would agree with it:
First, I think everyone should own a King James Bible. It has been hailed as one of the greatest literary monuments to the English language, and the greatest literary monument every produced by a committee. Regardless of what you think of the KJV’s accuracy, it is a must for all English-speaking Christians. I would add that I think it’s a must for all English-speaking people, regardless of their faith commitments.
Next year, as you may know, is the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.
The story of its conception, production, and influence is a fascinating one. Here are two good books that tell the story well:
- Adam Nicolson, God’s Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible
- Alister McGrath, In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible and How It Changed a Nation, a Language, and a Culture
And here are two due out early next year: