Do not by confused with the The New King James Bible (NKJV) Which is copyrighted by Thomas Nelson Publishers. The NKJV is not a revision of the KJV, replacing archaic words for this is not enough difference from the original KJV to make the NKJV copyrightable. The NKJV is not even based on the same original manuscripts, it is a completely new translation with almost 60,000 word and textual differences. In the KJV there are only a couple of hundred words currently not used in English (wot, wist, etc), or words that have changed meaning. There are 773,692 Words in the KJV Bible.
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I'm puzzled as to the significance of this. This is common practice for version updates. For example, the NASB is a revision of the ASV, which is itself a revision of the AV/KJV, but does not use the same critical text as the ASV and changes a good deal.These newer versions are true revisions, not just rewordings. They are simply based upon the translation style of the older version. For the NASB, it follows the ASV, which was a considerably more literal (and better) revision of the AV/KJV. The NKJV follows the translation style of the AV/KJV in that it is fairly literal, but considerably more dynamic than the ASV.Like I said, this is common practice; I'm not quite sure what difference it makes whether or not the NKJV is a rewording or a revision. The bottom line is that it's a much better version than the AV/KJV.
it is a completely new translation with almost 60,000 word and textual differences
I'm puzzled as to the significance of this.
I know you haven't made any comment on wheter these translation differences are warrented or not, your post seems to imply that you think they are not warrented but if I am wrong forgive me please.
Like I said, this is common practice; I'm not quite sure what difference it makes whether or not the NKJV is a rewording or a revision. The bottom line is that it's a much better version than the AV/KJV.
Hi Jason,The AV/KJV is based on the Masoretic text for the Old Testament and the Majority Text (Traditional Text) for the New Testament.God gave the Jews the responsibility to preserve His Word in the Old Testament. In the 6th Century A.D.the tasks of preserving the Hebrew Scriptures was passed from the scribes to a group known as Masoretes who continued to preserve the text for hundreds of years. TheAV/KJV translators used a 16th century publication of the Masoretic Text to prepare the AV/KJV Old Testament.The Majority Text (Traditional Text) is the Greek text reconstructed from the manuscripts copied by the Byzantine Monks.This is the text used and copied by the Greek speaking churches for many centuries.It is also called the Received Text.The AV/KJV is copied from the Majority Text.The Alexandrian Text consists of a few manuscripts prepared in Alexandria, Egypt. The main two are Sinaiticus and Vaticanus copied in the 4th cetury A.D. and discovered in the 1800's. Westcott and Hort produced a Greek new Testament in 1881 based on those two manuscripts (The Revised Version 1881). There are substancial differences between the Alexandrian Text and the Majority Text; and substancial differences in AV/KJV and modern English translations(including NKJV). The differences are more than just updating the archaic language of the AV/KJV. 8-) Clutch ;-)