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Book Release: The Book That Changed the World

Interviewed by Beth Michaels
Published 6/25/13

Nikolaus Satelmajer is no stranger to sharing God’s word through creative prose. As a former associate ministerial director for the General Conference, he was also editor for Ministry magazine. Since “retiring,” he has edited or contributed to three books, and says he was thrilled to tackle this current project with “a variety of scholars, writers and theologians,” including Barry Black, U.S. Senate chaplain. We caught up with Satelmajer—who this month finishes a two-year pastoral term at Chesapeake Conference’s [LINK ccosda.org] Atholton church in Columbia, Md.—to learn why he chose to write about the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible:
Q: Why write about this version of the Bible?
A: The KJV is 400 years old and, because of its significance in the religious world and as literature, a group of us thought we should focus on it. Many books have been written on the topic, but this group is made up of Seventh-day Adventists and, since the Bible is central to us, we wanted to do it.
Q: What do you hope readers will get from reading the book?
A: Bible translations are complicated projects, and at times challenging. The KJV Bible depends heavily on the Tyndale translation. The Tyndale translation was done outside of England, and Tyndale was put to death for his work as translator. In part, we should value the Bible because each translation is done by individuals committed to the Word of God.
Purchase a hard copy at adventistbookcenter.com. Amazon.com has the kindle version.

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