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*** Bible Trivia ***

How many books comprise the KJV Bible?

This, certainly, is also a kind of 'trick' question.

The -BIBLE- of the Masoretic and Received texts contains 66 books: 39 in the O.T. and 27 in the N.T. There are 31102 total verses. Psalms is the longest book with 150 chapters, and also by text file size contains the most number of words/characters. Philemon, 2-3John and Judas share distinction as the shortest books, with 1 chapter each. Psalm 119 is the longest chapter with 176 verses; Psalm 117 the shortest with 2. John 11:35 is the shortest verse with 2 words, "Jesus wept". I don't know if anybody has ascertained the longest verse; it would probably depend on which translation one was considering, and which edition of that translation.

The KJV first came out in 1611 and shortly thereafter was proclaimed by the king of England the "Authorized Version" for use in the Church of England; approved by royal decree, for people to read. (Thus, you will see the terms "KJV" and "AV" used interchangeably) The version that most people think of as being "KJV", and is the 'standard' against which others are compared, is the 1769 edition. However, in 1833 the Revised Webster was produced which updated some of the antiquated words. The 1967 'New' Scofield study Bible did more updating of archaic words. There is the KJ21 which did more updating. And finally, there is the Third Millenium Bible which we have addressed a few years ago. There's been other minor 'editions' of the KJV throughout the years, but this is the basic summary. But when you go to a Bible bookstore and purchase a "KJV", or you have KJV/AV software, by default it is the 1769 edition.

There are the 'Modern' MKJV (Reformed) and 'New' NKJV (Catholic), and while being called "KJV", really do deviate from the KJV enough that they are likely their own entities, although being derived from the KJV tradition...but are probably, in the strictest sense, not -true- "KJV"s.

As I am typing this, I have next to me on the desk here a little book called, "The Apocrypha ('Authorized Version')" It contains 14 books beginning with I/II Esdras and ending with I/II Maccabees. In the Forward it says, "These books form part of the sacred literature of the Alexandrian Jews." Those were the Jews who rebelled against God's command to stay in the land during Jeremiah's time, and went down to Egypt. (Jer43-44) Alexandria is also where the so-called "critical" texts come from, upon which today's perVerted translations are based. The Forward continues: "As to their Canonical Authority, Josephus seems to reject it as a whole..." and continues on talking about various catholic councils (e.g. Trent 1545-1563) who decided they were to become accepted.

When the KJV came out in 1611 (most KJ-onlyists who assume the KJV to be a "protestant" work don't realize this) it -included- the Apocrypha. When James "authorized" his version, it was the 66 books of the Bible, -plus- these 14. The 1611 was a "Romish" work. And indeed, when reading the Apocrypha, the flow of the English is very much (1611) King-James-eze. The KJV editions from 1769 through the KJ21 contain 66 books. But one of the points of boasting the publishers say about the Third Millennium Bible is that they have -restored- the Apocrypha.

This follows the history of christendom. As protestantism became stronger in their appearances of separation from Rome they used the 66-book edition. Now, in these days, as protestantism is reverting and becoming (ECT: Evangelicals and Catholics) "Together" with Rome again, they have put the Catholic books back in. The "sow, having been washed, [returning] to her wallowing in the mire." (2Pet2:22) In a way, 'proving' that the KJV, from its inception, had been a "catholic" work all-along.

When the KJV came out in 1611, there had already been a 'protestant' Bible for 12 years, the GENEVA (1599). (Based on the periodic comparing I do, as I've made myself an OLB study note set of the Geneva, it looks like the two are very similar to each other; it does not have some of KJV's errors, but others it retains) But James of the Church of England (of Rome) didn't like it, the doctrines protestantism promoted in its margins and footnotes; which is why he commissioned the KJV... complete with the catholic Apocrypha. The reason he would have "Authorized" the KJV, is because the (protestant) Geneva also existed, which he didn't want people reading. In other words, by royal edict of "Caesar's" (Mt22:21) monarchy: 'You are permitted to read the KJV, but not the Geneva.'

Can you imagine the Jews ever having putting up with an edition of Moses, History, Psalms and the Prophets (the O.T. Scriptures) produced by Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar, Darius, Tatnai, Sanballat, Antiochus, Herod or Pontius Pilate? But that's like what the KJV is.

Thus, back to the question: How many books are in the KJV Bible? Well... 'which' edition are we talking about? The way it started and ended, or the way it was in-between? It started out with 80 books; then had 66; now it has 80 again. (or, however-many books they've decided comprise the Apocrypha...I've also read that that number is not always certain and static, by the scholars...as they wrangle as to which books belong, and which don't)

So, you see why this was a 'trick' question...

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