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A Creationist's Defense of the King James Bible by Henry M. Morris. El Cajon, CA: Institute of Creation Research, 1996. PDF

For Love of the Bible: the Battle for the King James Version and the Received Text from 1800 to Present by David Cloud.
This 460-page book traces the history of the defense of the KJV and the Received Text from 1800 to present. The 33-page bibliography is the most extensive in print on the subject. A detailed index is also included. The author spent several thousand dollars researching this material and has written several hundred letters in this connection, communicating with men from around the world who stand for the KJV today. The book includes hundreds of testimonies and biographies; sketches of churches, schools, and organizations which have defended the KJV; a digest of reviews and condensations of major books and articles written in defense of the Old Bible in the past 200 years; excerpts from rare books on this subject which are no longer available; a comprehensive overview of the varied arguments in favor of the KJV. The arguments commonly put forth in defense of the modern versions are shown to be myths.

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Fundamentalist Mis-information on Bible Versions: Being a Refutation of From the Mind of God to the Mind of Man by D.A. Waite.
A 135 page book which deals with 118 issues of mis-information on the Bible's text and translation found in From the Mind of God to the Mind of Man, a book written by graduates, faculty members, Trustee Board members, Cooperating Board members and friends of Bob Jones University.

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The King James Version Defended by Edward F. Hills.
First published in 1956, the 4th ed. (ISBN 0915923009) includes the following chapters: God's Three-Fold Revelation of Himself, A Short History of Unbelief, A Short History of Modernism, A Christian View of the Biblical Text, The Facts of New Testament Textual Criticism, Dean Burgon and the Traditional New Testament Text, The Traditional New Testament Text, and The Textus Receptus and the King James Version.

The Lord Gave the Word: A Study in the History of the Biblical Text by Malcolm H. Watts.
Published by the Trinitarian Bible Society, this booklet provides a good overview and introduction to the subject of Bible texts and versions.

Free Online edition: The Lord Gave the Word: A Study in the History of the Biblical Text

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Free Online edition: The Authorised Version: the Wonderful and Unfinished History by C. P. Hallihan

My Plea for the Old Sword: The Unsurpassable Pre-eminency of the English Authorized Version (KJV) of the Holy Bible by Ian R. K. Paisley.
"I believe the Authorised Version preserves the Word of God for me in the English tongue and that it contains no errors."—Introduction.
"The foundation texts upon which any translation rests are all-important. If the foundation is false the translation will be false. If the foundation is corrupt the translation will be corrupt. If the foundation is erroneous the translation will be erroneous. The texts upon which the modern English perversions of the Holy Scripture are founded are neither reliable nor accurate. The foundation of the English Authorised Version (KJV) of the Holy Bible is unsurpassably pre-eminent in the underlying texts upon which it rests."—Chapt. 1.

Review of the Book: From the Mind of God to the Mind of Man by Jeffrey Khoo.

Online review:
A Critique of From the Mind of God to the Mind of Man by Jeffrey Khoo.

Seventy-Five Problems with Central Baptist Seminary's Book The Bible Version Debate by Lloyd L. Streeter.
"This book is more than a book review. It is a handbook for answering King James Bible critics."—Foreword. Pastor Streeter thoroughly examines almost every objection or criticism that readers will ever hear regarding the KJV. In addition, most of the weaknesses of the new versions are addressed in this book. 2nd printing (322 pages) includes review of One Bible Only?

Things That Are Different Are Not the Same: "The Truth about the Battle for the Preserved King James Bible" by Mickey P. Carter.

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Touch Not the Unclean Thing: The Bible Translation Controversy and the Principle of Separation by David H. Sorenson.
The author is a Fundamental Baptist pastor who has put the truth on a shelf where almost anyone can reach it. The book includes a description of the three major textual positions held by Fundamentalists today; documents the rationalism, liberalism, and apostasy associated with the critical text throughout its history and that Westcott and Hort were theological liberals, and covers many other issues relevant to the Bible textual/translation controversy. Fundamentalists are exhorted to apply the principle of separation to the Bible text/translation issue and to "touch not the unclean thing." 2nd ed. 295 pages.

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Which Greek Text?: The Debate Among Fundamentalists by Charles L. Surrett.
This 122 page book examines the modern day textual debate and the two major Greek Text families involved: the Critical Text (Westcott-Hort) and Received Text (Textus Receptus). The author is an independent Baptist pastor who is on the faculty of Ambassador Baptist College and serves as Assistant to the President. "This book is an attempt to encourage debate among Fundamentalists regarding the choice of Greek texts for the New Testament ... It is the purpose of this work to stimulate debate among Fundamentalists, rather than to further alienate them from each other over the textual debate."—Cover.

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