Ed Edward's post in another thread raises interesting questions: >>>>>> "(World Publishing Company, date unknown) KJV1769 Edition or so (but no clue about which KJV it really is???) This copy was acquired in 1953. King James Version (Holman Bible Publishers, 1983) KJV1769 Edition or so (but no clue about which KJV it really is???) KJV1769 Edition or so (but no clue about which KJV it really is???) HOLY BIBLE, King James Version (Cambridge University Press, date unknown) KJV1769 Edition or so (but no clue about which KJV it really is???) <<<<<<<________________________________________________ Is there any way to know accurately which text of which edition of the KJV that the text of a present KJV will be? What is the standard or standards that can be used to claim that a certain edition of the KJV is the correct one? Who determines which the standard editions of the KJV really are? Editions of the KJV printed in 1611 and afterwards including up to some time in the 1800's usually had a date of printing along with the place where they were printed. Editions of the KJV printed in the 1900's do not usually give the year of printing. Study Bible KJV editions may have the clue of when the study notes were first copyrighted and printed, but that may not be indicate whether any changes could have been introduced into the text of the KJV in later editions of that same study Bible. There is also the problem that the printing date does not always indicate which edition of the KJV that the text of the new edition followed. For example, I have a KJV edition printed at Oxford in 1777 that does not seem to follow the text of the 1769 Oxford edition. It is possible that the editors or printers of later KJV editions may not have noticed some of the variations in the text of the edition that they thought that they were following. Another problem is that most editions of the KJV do not identify their editors and do not list what changes or revisions may have been made in the text. When there are differences in that edition, it may not always be known whether it was an unintentional change made by a printer or the intentional change made by an editor. Furthermore, no explanation or reasons for why the various changes were introduced are usually given. A couple exceptions would be the 1873 Cambridge edition edited by Scrivener and the 2005 Cambridge edition edited by David Norton since those two KJV editors both authored books that give some explanations for their editing decisions. I have seen and examined one KJV edition printed in America in 1837 that did name the KJV editions on which it was said to be based. Still there was no list of variations of the text in the KJV editions provided and any indication which edition was followed for certain renderings in this 1837 edition. In some cases, the editor may not even be aware of some of the possible variations in the text of the KJV edition that he thought he was following. By the way, as far as I know, no present publisher of the KJV prints a KJV edition that is every word the same in text as the 1769 Oxford KJV.