What is the Third Millennium Bible?
An updating of the 1611 Authorized Version
The Third Millennium Bible ( TMB ), New Authorized VersionTM, is an updating of the full and complete text of the Authorized (King James) Version of the Holy Bible, first published in A.D. 1611.
It is not a new translation, but a careful updating to eliminate obsolete words and archaic spelling by reference to the most complete and definitive modern American dictionary, the Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition, unabridged.
- The traditional language of worship and prayer
What has been historically known as Biblical English has been retained in this updating. It is readily distinguished from the colloquial language of commerce and the media used in contemporary Bible translations.
Biblical English is the language which has found its acceptance in Scripture and liturgy for more than 500 years in most of the English-speaking churches throughout the world. Only in the late twentieth century does one find the use of secular English in Bible translations.
All language relating to gender and theology in the Authorized Version remains unchanged from the original.
- Based on the most traditional, complete text
The Third Millennium Bible New Testament is based on the traditional Greek New Testament text which was in continual use from the time of the Church Fathers until the last two decades of the nineteenth century, a period of over 1500 years. This traditional text finds support in over 5000 ancient Greek manuscripts, more than any writing in the entire history of literature. By contrast, most contemporary Bibles are supported by a mere handful of ancient Greek manuscripts, which were ignored by the church for more than a millennium.
- Includes the Apocrypha/Deuterocanonical Books
The Third Millennium Bible includes all the books contained in the 1611 Authorized Version , including its Deuterocanonical Books/Apocrypha. It is the only modern updating which contains all 80 books in the original 1611 Authorized Version . In restoring the Authorized Version's beautiful Apocrypha/Deuterocanonical Books, the Third Millennium Bible stands in the tradition of the great English-language Bibles of the past, including the Wycliffe Bible (1382), the Coverdale Bible (1535), the Great Bible (1539), the Geneva Bible (1560), the Bishop's Bible (1568), the Douay-Rheims Bible (1609), and the Authorized Version (1611). These beautiful writings were also included in Luther's original Bible, the Latin Vulgate, and the Greek Old Testament used by the Apostolic Church. The Apocrypha/Deuterocanonical Books in the TMB are: 1 and 2 Esdras, Tobit, Judith, The Rest of Esther, The Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiasticus, Baruch, The Song of the Three Holy Children, Susanna, Bel and the Dragon, The Prayer of Manasseh, 1 and 2 Maccabees.
- A Bible for all Christians
The Third Millennium Bible contains universally useful study aids. It includes the chapter summaries from the 1611 Authorized Version , updated for quick reference. Also included are the cross references from the original Authorized Version plus many more, but without sectarian emphasis.
With its striking combination of majestic biblical language, universal biblical truth, state-of-the-art format, and completeness, this is truly a Bible for all, and an appropriate landmark for the new millennium.