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Today’s Christian & the Church’s Bible: A Time to Return to the Authorized Version by Theodore P. Letis, PhD

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About the Book

Christians today have access to a wide variety of Bible translations suited to any temperament. However, the competing textual theories of various specialists, and the pragmatic concerns of the Bible marketing industry have left many overwhelmed by choice as they seek a reliable version of God’s Word.

In this informative booklet (formerly titled A New Hearing for the AV), the late ecclesiastical historian Dr. Theodore P. Letis helps those lost among an overabundance of Bible translations return to the reliability and trustworthiness of Christendom’s most celebrated and accepted Bible – the Authorized Version, also known as the King James Version.

His study highlights the superiority of the Authorized Version’s underlying text, translation technique, and English usage. He also shows its link with our past and how it is a unifying factor for the present as he cuts a compelling case for its continued use in homes, churches, and schools.

For those seeking discernment in such matters, Dr. Letis’ teachings are a fresh call directing young pilgrims, as well as seasoned saints, back to the “old paths” of biblical Christianity.

Praise for Today’s Christian & the Church’s Bible

“This booklet by Theodore P. Letis formerly titled A New Hearing for the Authorized Version is a well thought out synopsis of the Bible translation issue as it keeps before us both the divine and the human aspects in the Bible text debate. This study provides a well-organized approach to understanding how it is possible that an edition of the Bible dating back well over 400 years can be and still is relevant today. Letis has laid out thoughtful stepping stones that link a theological approach to Bible translation with the historical understanding of the Bible as a sacred text. As one who worked with Dr. Letis on the second edition of this booklet, I highly commend it as edifying to the church. It will prompt a deeper study.” Russell H. Spees, President, Institute for Biblical Textual Studies

“The influence of Theodore Letis’ winsome and scholarly defense of the traditional Greek text of the New Testament continues to be felt decades now after his untimely death. In this work, Letis offers a corresponding defense of the Authorized Version, the classic Protestant translation of the Bible in English based upon the Received Text. Its republication in this attractive new edition will serve as a welcomed resource for those who continue to seek out the ‘old paths.’” Dr. Jeffrey T. Riddle (PhD, Union Presbyterian Seminary; MDiv, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary), Pastor of Christ Reformed Baptist Church, Louisa, Virginia

“Learned scholars shine their academic light on the Bible from every angle, but the Bible itself reminds us that ‘of the making of many books there is no end’ (Ecclesiastes 12:12). This booklet by Theodore Letis wisely ends its survey of learned scholars and their opinions by setting before our consciences this vital truth: The Bible is the only book that leads us to heaven. We should love, learn, and be devoted to the Authorized Version of God’s inspired Word.” Maurice Roberts, Retired Editor, The Banner of Truth Magazine

“‘So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.’ (Romans 10:17). Today’s Christian & the Church’s Bible upholds the AV/KJV as the Word of God due to its superior underlying text (the Ecclesiastical Text) and method of translation (Formal Equivalency) which is in keeping with the verbal and plenary inspiration and preservation of the Holy Scriptures. This primer is worth your time and attention. Tolle Lege.Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Khoo (BTh, MDiv, STM, PhD), Principal, Far Eastern Bible College, Singapore

“This booklet, in its original printing as A New Hearing for the Authorized Version, opened my eyes to solid reasons of principle for the use of the AV and the rejection of the modern translations, which use the older Greek mss. I recommend it to all who view being faithful to the inspired Scripture as important.” David J. Engelsma, emeritus professor, Protestant Reformed Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan


This book was published in partnership with Kept Pure Press to furnish the Kept Pure in All Ages Conference with fresh materials to advance its mission.

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Special thanks as well to Christian M. McShaffrey and the Letis family for allowing us to help them publish this book.

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About the Author

Theodore Letis

Theodore P. Letis (1951-2005) (PhD, Edinburgh University; MTS, Emory University) was director of the Institute for Renaissance and Reformation Biblical Studies, president of the University of Edinburgh Theological Society and a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Academy of Religion, and the American Society of Church History. He authored The Ecclesiastical Text: Text Criticism, Biblical Authority and the Popular Mind and was editor and contributor to The Majority Text: Essays and Reviews in the Continuing Debate.

1. The Scrolls and the Parchments
2. The Revised Version of 1881-83
3. Biblical English
4. Thees and Thous
5. The “Language of the People”?
6. Historical Ethos: The Forgotten Factor
7. The Modern Approach to Translation (Utilitarian)
8. The Renaissance/Reformation Approach to Translation (Theological)
9. Historical Cycles and the Modern Situation

Library of Congress Control Number: 2023909319

RELIGION / Biblical Criticism & Interpretation / General (REL006080)
RELIGION / Biblical Studies / General (REL006000)

ISBN (paperback): 978-1-953855-53-4
ISBN (PDF): 978-1-961495-00-5
ISBN (EPUB): 978-1-953855-77-0

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