The King James Bible was described by W. A. Jackson as "perhaps the single most important influence upon the development of English prose style." It was royally commissioned, in the hopes of reconciling or ameliorating the conflicts between the Bishops’ Bible, officially read in services, and the Geneva Bible, much more popular among the laity, but mistrusted within much of the Church hierarchy as being aggressively radical, especially in its annotations. An exceptional proportion of the readings of the King James Bible descend, in fact, directly from Tyndale's Bible (1535). Two editions of the lectern-size King James Bible were printed close together, and their relative priorities were long disputed among Victorian bibliophiles, until the question was settled by the Rev. W. E. Smith, 1890. They are most easily distinguished as the "He" Bible and "She" Bible, according to their readings at Ruth 3:15 (Bb2r). The first edition, as here, ends "and he went into the citie" (following the Hebrew text), and the second edition reads "and she went & " (following the Latin Vulgate). Most copies of the "He" Bible, like the present, have a fine engraved general title-page executed by Christian Boel.
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