The Queen James Bible is based on The King James Bible, edited to resolve interpretive ambiguity in key passages regarding homosexuality.
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The King James Bible is the most popular Bible of all time, and arguably the most important English language document of all time. The brainchild and namesake of King James I, who wanted an English language Bible that all could own and read, it has been in print for over 400 years and has brought more people to Christ than any other Bible translation.
Commonly known to biographers but often surprising to most others, King James I was a well-known bisexual. Though he did marry a woman, his many gay relationships were so well known that amongst some of his friends and court, he was known as "Queen James." It is in his great debt and honor that we name the Queen James Bible so.
The Bible is the word of God translated by man. Even if we ignore countless translations and the evolution of language itself, this means the Bible can be interpreted in different ways, leading to what we call "interpretive ambiguity." Interpretive ambiguity leads to many controversies, the most popular of which in contemporary Christianity is the claim that homosexuality is a sin.
Homosexuality was first addressed in the Bible in 1946 in the Revised Standard Version. There is no mention of or reference to homosexuality in any Bible prior to this - only interpretations have been made. Being gay would spell a death sentence for you at the time of the King James Bible's original publishing so one would think it would have been important not to forget to include homophobic Bible verses in the almost million-word text, but no, not even a mere mention of homosexuality. While slavery, misogyny, and racism are very clearly approved of in the Bible without any room for interpretive ambiguity (thankfully not often observed), anti-gay activists commonly cite only eight verses in the Bible that they interpret to mean God does not approve of homosexuality; eight verses in a book of thousands!
The Queen James Bible seeks to resolve the interpretive ambiguity in the Bible as it pertains to homosexuality. There is no perfect Bible translation, but we wanted one that could not be used to spread hate in the name of our Faith. We edited those eight verses in a way that makes homophobic interpretations impossible.
The QJB is a big, fabulous Bible, weighing over six pounds. It is printed and bound in the United States on thick, high-quality paper in a beautiful, readable typeface. It is the perfect Bible for ceremony, study, sermon, gift-giving, or simply to put on display in the home or Church. Science has proven you canʼt choose your sexuality, but you can choose Jesus. Now you can choose a Bible to match.