The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on WND Faith
In colonial America, Bibles had to be imported from Britain, as the British government strictly regulated the printing of religious materials. It was illegal to print Bibles in the English language without a license from the king.
In 1589, Queen Elizabeth I had granted Christopher Barker the title of Royal Printer, with the exclusive “perpetual royal privilege” to print Bibles in England. His son, Robert Barker, assumed the position of the King’s Printer with the sole permission to print the King’s “authorized version.”
By 1629, Oxford University and Cambridge University had acquired royal licenses to print revised editions, and in 1633, so did a printer in Scotland.
The Revolutionary War interrupted trade between the American colonies and the king’s “authorized printers” in Britain, resulting in shortages of the King James Authorized Version, which was used extensively by clergy, courts of justice and in education.
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