From "The Answer Book" ©1989 Samuel C. Gipp. Reproduced by permission
QUESTION: I've heard that there have been many
manuscripts discovered since 1611 that the King James translators
didn't have access to. Do these strengthen or weaken the King
ANSWER: They strengthen the King James Bible.
EXPLANATION: There have been many manuscripts found
since 1611, but there have been no new READINGS found.
Many critics of the Word of God have used the argument of
"new evidence" that the King James translators didn't have as a
basis to degrade its authority. The fact is, that the King James
translators had all of the readings available to them that modern
critics have available to them today.
One of the most prominent manuscripts which has been
discovered since 1611 is the Sinaitic manuscript. This witness,
though horribly flawed, was found amongst trash paper in St.
Catherine's monastery at the foot of Mt. Sinai in 1841 by
Sinaiticus is a sister manuscript of the corrupt manuscript,
Vaticanus. Both read very similarly. So, although the Sinaitic
manuscript was discovered over 200 years after the Authorized
Version was translated, its READINGS were well known to the
translators through the Vatican manuscript which was discovered
in 1481 and also through the Jesuit Bible, an English translation of
So we see that there are no readings available today to scholars
which were not already in the hands of the King James translators.
We might further add that an honest scholar will admit that this
"great number of newly discovered manuscripts" that are trumped
abroad, agree with the Greek text of the Authorized Version
rather than challenging it.