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The White Stuff
on 11 April 2014
This book is a thorough treatment of the subject, well written and referenced as per usual for James White.
Every relevant issue is covered, from how the New Testament manuscripts were copied and passed down through the centuries, to the problems arising from this process (i.e. copying mistakes), to the formulation of the Textus Receptus, to the various 'KJV Only' positions around today. Key players who propound KJV Onlyism (Riplinger, Ruckman, Waite, etc) are incisively critiqued and shown to come up short.
Bear in mind this is not a book against the KJV - it is against KJV Onlyism.
Nonetheless, this book educated me as to the shortcomings of the KJV, both in terms of translation and textual basis (the Textus Receptus). White doesn't use inflammatory arguments, though - he lets facts speak for themselves, often reproducing the underlying Greek words and letting the reader him/herself see the discrepancies.
A useful feature of the book is the tables which White uses to layout comparisons between the KJV and more modern versions (particularly the NIV and NASB). The book is also well-indexed and easy to use to look up particular verses which relate to this controversial topic.
I am a complete layman when it comes to the underlying languages involved in translation, but I still found this book easy to read and digest.
All-in-all, a good buy.