This documentary explores the origins and the political and historical context of the one of the most important documents that transformed much of the western world.
The Kings James Bible.
The origins of King James I who was raised by a protestant Tutor that challenged him and trained him in the most depth of the knowledge of the Word of God. The protestant roots of his learning and understanding and the distinctive work of art that the scholars put into the translation and the development of the King James Bible.
To me it was interesting to know that this wise young king saw himself as appointed by God to serve his nation. But also how he saw the unfolding of GOd’s plan to combine and unify a divined nation under the very symbol of the religion that they all agree on : The Word of God.
The project brought together two distinctive religious groups, the puritans who used the geneva bible, and the Church of England that used the Bishops Bible. Under the King’s supervision the two groups were forced to work together and to produce a document that would later symbolize the unity of a nation.
The documentary also addresses how the third group the Catholics were trying to stop and destroy all the process through a terrorist attack, but was stopped by the personal conviction of one of the participant of the plan to kill the entire kingdom leadership.
To me the most impacting moment of the document, was when the King James reads the preface
“Translation that opens the window to let in the light that removes the cover of the well that we may come to the water.
The well, the water, the water of life the leaves for the healing of a nation. “
It reminded me the verse in Revelations:
In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.