LONGVIEW, Wash. – Referred to as the best-selling book of all time, the King James Bible, after 400 years, maintains a strong following of readers, with online readership on the rise.
This month, as people around the world celebrated the 400-year anniversary of the King James Bible, through conferences and special media coverage, more people than ever before are searching the web for the King James Bible. According to Google Insights, a service that compares search volume patterns, the phrase “King James Bible” was searched 9 percent more this year compared to the previous seven-year average. That specific phrase was searched an average of 246,000 times across Google’s global websites, according to Google’s AdWords Keyword Tool. Other keyword phrases that included either “King James Bible” or “King James Version” were searched more than 2 million times per month.
Resulting from the 400th-anniversary media coverage, the website King James Bible Online (www.kingjamesbibleonline.org) has shown a rise in web traffic in the last few weeks. The website, which allows visitors to read the Bible online, recently surpassed 3 million visits since its founding in November 2007. “Traffic has quadrupled every year since its beginning and we’ve never done any paid advertising,” said Trent Mueller, the website’s creator. “The King James Bible has a very dedicated, loyal, and passionate following.”
One of the King James Bible Online website users is Ms. Ufon Udofia, social development worker/senior program officer from Festac Town, Lagos State, Nigeria, who said, “I must confess I love the King James Bible with a fierce passion. It is my only authentic version of the Bible. More grease to your elbows.”
Other King James Bible Online readers expressed a similar loyalty to their translation:
Richard Harris from Katy, Texas, said, “I know it is the 400-year anniversary of the King James Version Bible, but I like to think it is closer to 2,000 years, because I truly believe the King James Version is the authentic Word of God.”
“I am very thankful that our Heavenly Father has given us truth, hope, wisdom and especially salvation through His son, Jesus. I find all of this through His preserved Word, the King James English Bible,” said Phillip Pringle, gospel preacher, Newton, North Carolina.
“Atheists just can’t get over why the Bible does not go away or diminish in popularity. DUH! It’s God’s living Word that as it says everything else will pass but . . . my Word will never pass away,” said Joe H. Sanders, church pastor from Rupert, Idaho.
“[It is] the most sold, read, bought, published, given away, believed, translated, quoted, and accurate book the world has ever experienced,” said Rashid Mitchell in his Facebook posting.
The King James Bible was the first English Bible to be printed in the United States, and more than 1 billion copies have been published worldwide to date. It is noted as the most widely printed and distributed work in history according to the bill titled “Recognizing the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Version of the Bible,” introduced April 12 in the U.S. House of Representatives.
For more information, visit www.kingjamesbibleonline.org
Data was calculated from Google Insights using the total index number for each reported year since 2004, shown in the table below.
The numbers show how many searches have been done for a particular term, relative to the total number of searches done on Google over time. It is the 12 month average of the searches. They don’t represent absolute search volume numbers, because the data is normalized and presented on a scale from 0-100. The points on the graph are divided by the highest point, or 100. Numbers next to the search terms above the graph are summaries, or totals. Learn more from Google’s website.
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