Surveys have long showed that in the United States, Bible literacy is on the decline. During this year marking the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, one prominent family hopes a treasure hunt of sorts will help reverse that trend.
The People’s Bible
The first printing of the King James Bible in 1611 meant the so-called “common” people could begin to read for themselves the truth of God’s Word.
The translation, with its memorable language and poetic phrasing, appealed to a wide audience and became known as “The People’s Bible.”
“It was treasured by them,” Ed Stetzer, president of Lifeway Research, told CBN News. “It was something they would engage in, in their own lives and in their families.”
“And I think today, the lesson for us is to treasure the Word of God as much as the translators would, as much as the first people who received that translation did,” he added.
That lesson, however, is coming up against a culture that’s becoming harder to reach.
“It reflects again this kind of shift in our value system, in a world view that’s taken place over the past couple generations,” explained Dr. Scott Carroll, a specialist in ancient manuscripts.
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