This is a review of the BBC produced documentary "King James Bible: The Book that Changed the World".
King James Bible is one of the most well-known bible editions in the world, and has in its 400 years of existence, spread to every corner of the earth. This documentary is the story about how it came to life. The story starts with a young king, king James of Scottland – and later; king James of England. The young king is teached by one of the most prominent scholars at the time, and learn his appreciation for language and litterature – and religion. When he later becomes king of England, and by that head of the Church of England, he gets good use of his expertise when the bishops and the external scholars is trying to persuade him to do as they want.
When king James takes over, he takes over a church that is falling apart. The people is tired of the greedy, and awfully rich and powerfull bishops mindcontroll. They are tired of unfaithfullness and double-standards. King James a long way agree with the people in that the bible edition they use, actually; the only edition that is allowed to be used, is a bad translation and not up to date. Therefore – in a compromise between the bishops and the representatives of the people – king James establishes a comittee that is going to write a new edition of the bible; more accuracy and as close up to the original text as possible.
Today, King James Bible, is the only legacy after king James that is still in use. Its a monument over a God-loving king. A true christian.
This is one of the best, if not the best historical documentary I've ever watched. It was detailed, and very accurate, and uses just the right amount of dramatisations and special effects to make the story come to life, but at the same time keeping the respect and dignity the story deserves.
I would recommend this movie to anyone – even if you're not familliar with the christian faith or english history at all! This a great documentary to see, if you want to learn more about both subjects. Therefore, I give it the highest score for the first time on this blog; 6 out of 6.