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The King James Bible

The King James Bible is widely regarded as central to the development of the English language around the world. We have developed a series of lesson plans to commemorate its 400th anniversary in 2011. You can also watch highlights of related events below.

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Archbishop Matthew Parker

Parker compiled the Bishop’s Bible (1568) which was an attempt to combine Protestant and Catholic versions and approaches to the writing of a Bible.

David Crystal's King James Bible lecture: Idioms

This task features a 10-minute extract from a lecture by David Crystal on the King James Bible, and provides practice at guided listening to an academic lecture.

David Crystal's King James Bible lecture: What's included?

This task features a 10-minute extract from a lecture by David Crystal on the King James Bible, and provides practice at guided listening to an academic lecture.

David Crystal's King James Bible lecture: Word play

This task examines ways in which well-known phrases from the King James Bible have been adapted by journalists and other skilled users of the English language.

English-Speaking Union Lecture: Introduction

Mark Robson, Director English at the British Council, introduces Professor David Crystal's lecture at the English-Speaking Union.

English-Speaking Union Lecture: Professor David Crystal

In the elegant surroundings of the English-Speaking Union, Professor David Crystal delivered a fascinating lecture about the relationship between the King James Bible and the ways in which aspects of the English language have evolved over the 400 years since 1611.

Hatfield House

Amidst the elegant seventeenth century splendour of Hatfield House is a book. Four hundred years old in 2011, it is one of the originally printed editions of the King James Bible.

How does language spread?

This plan is part of a series of lesson plans commissioned in 2011 to mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible, which many claim had a major impact on the development of English.

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