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Two Ground-Breaking New Books About the King James Bible Make History


Dr. Don BrakeDr. Donald L. Brake, dean emeritus of Multnomah Biblical Seminary and avid Bible collector, will release two books this winter: A Visual History of the King James Bible and A Royal Monument of English Literature: The King James Version 1611-2011.

His first book, A Visual History of the English Bible: The Tumultuous Tale of the World's Bestselling Book, was released in 2008 to critical acclaim. His next two books follow the same theme, chronicling how God's word went from manuscripts, through translation, and into the hands of laypeople.

A Visual History of the King James Bible

Visual King James BibleTo be released in February 2011 by Baker Books, this book brings to life the creation and development of the King James Bible (KJV). Using beautiful photos, illustrations, charts, and sidebars, Dr. Brake tells the story of the KJV's creation and proliferation throughout the English-speaking world. The book enables readers to explore the KJV's mysterious beginnings, the men who translated it, the manuscripts on which this translation was based, the important people and places that influenced its production, and even the possibility of playwright William Shakespeare's influence on it.

As the 400th anniversary of the 1611 King James Version approaches, this book is generating wide interest. A Visual History of the King James Bible is available for pre-sale on Amazon and other popular book retail websites.

A Royal Monument of English Literature: The King James Version 1611-2011

KJV coverTo be released in February 2011 by Credo House Publishers, this limited-edition volume is for serious collectors. "A Royal Monument of English Literature" commemorates the 400th anniversary of the printing of the 1611 King James Bible and is a finely-designed, full color, leather-bound, 36 page 17x11 folio.  A truly unique folio "leaf" book, it contains:

  • An original first edition KJV "He" Bible leaf, a rare and precious artifact representing a significant event in our Christian heritage
  • An introduction to the history of the KJV
  • The first ever worldwide census of existing folio KJV "He" Bibles (a monumental step in completing the history of the world's bestselling book).
  • Prior to 2011 publication, the publisher offered the "Royal Monument of English Literature" for sale in deluxe copies bound in full-leather cowhide with an original authenticated first edition 1611 King James Bible. The names of the subscribers are printed in the book itself.

This ground-breaking volume represents the first ever worldwide census of the KJV. Each copy is assigned a number with a description and history of ownership. Auction houses, rare book collectors, and libraries will need to have a copy to understand the modern history of the KJV. It will never need to be done again. New information that will help settle previously unknown questions about the number of copies printed and the original cost of a KJV both for production and for retail. The book will be a wonderful piece of history for Christians everywhere.

About Dr. Brake

Dr. Brake, former Multnomah vice-president and Seminary Dean, retired in 2008 after 22 years of service. He is currently the Dean Emeritus of Multnomah Biblical Seminary and still teaches classes. A Visual History of the English Bible earned a starred review from Publisher's Weekly. After the release of his book, he was awarded the Arnold D. Ehlert Award by the International Society of Bible Collectors for his contribution to the field. Dr. Brake is well known for his collection of ancient Bibles and manuscripts, and is considered one of the top Bible collectors in the world. He is also known for his love of history, geography, and archaeology.


"My books seek to celebrate the 400th anniversary of this wonderful translation," Dr. Brake said. "The King James Version has fallen on unappreciated days. It is my desire that these books will stir the conscience of Christians to once again appreciate the KJV for what it is. Although it may not be the best translation for today's reader, it stands tall in the history and influence of English Bible translations."


To order a copy of A Royal Monument of English Literature: The King James Version 1611-2011, log onto or contact Dr. Brake directly at

About Multnomah

Multnomah University is a fully accredited, private, non-denominational, Christian institution of higher education, located in Portland, Oregon with teaching sites in Reno, Nevada and Anchorage, Alaska. Made up of an undergraduate Bible college, a biblical seminary, graduate programs, an adult degree completion program, and an online distance-learning program, Multnomah issues bachelor's and master's degrees, and professional certifications and endorsements.