I was raised in an KJV only church. I currently attend a Restoration Movement college which uses NIV. I want want to read a translation that is closest to the original hebrew and greek as possible. What is the most accurate version to read? KJV, NASB, ect? I don't like when people slam the KJV because it has remained faithful through the years. In fact, I don't like some of the NIV translations. However, I don't know enough original language to read the manuscripts. That is why I am looking for the most accurate translation. Also, are there any books that I can purchase that talks about the origin of the KJV without slamming it? One more thing, the churches I minister in are usually KJV. I want to purchase a version that I can understand better but NOT take away from original language. Is there any that explains the KJV more clearly (NKJV).