1715 Apocrypha

This is the first page of the Apocrypha from our original Bible that also appears in our replica of this original 1715 Old Testament.  The one on the left is the original scan and the one on the right is after I cleaned that page up.  David Moody scanned this entire Apocrypha for us.

Was the Apocrypha in the original King James Bible?  If so, why is it not in there now?

Answer:  For a really detailed answer go to pages 222-228 of Alister McGrath’s book, In the Beginning:  The Story of the King James Bible and How It Changed a Nation, a Language, and a Culture.   It’s a complicated story that went on for centuries.  It involves theology, but was finally decided by money.  The answer is that it was in the original 1611 King James Bible.  It remained in most published King James Bibles until 1826 when the missionary societies removed it for financial reasons.  The first English-language Bible printed in North America in 1782, Robert Aitken’s “Bible of the Revolution”, did not have the Apocrypha.   But it wasn’t untill 1826 that the Apocrypha disappeared from most all King James Bibles.  Today, it is mostly impossible to get a major biblical publisher to allow the Apocrypha to be printed within a Bible, even when printing a reproduction that originally had it within.