BYUtv recently completed its presentation of a groundbreaking three-part documentary series on the history of the King James Version of the Bible.

Fires of Faith: The Coming Forth of The King James Bible celebrates the 400th year anniversary of the KJV, capturing the book’s violent birth and its enduring influence through historically accurate re-enactments and interviews with leading scholars, ranging from Notre Dame and Oxford professors to a member of the chief rabbinate of Israel.

The film was produced for BYUtv by director and filmmaker Lee Groberg, who is known for such landmark productions as American Prophet, Trail of Hope, and America’s Choir, all of which were broadcast nationwide on PBS.

Presented over three Sundays in October, the documentary includes more than 130 reenactments filmed in eight countries at sites, many of which where the historic events actually transpired.

This unusual and well-made production offers an enlightening and though-provoking experience to everyone having an interest in the English-language Bible.

I found the film’s unfolding of its story to be fascinating, and some of its more dramatic parts to be nothing short of riveting. The closing scenes of the final episode, in which the apprehension and grisly executions of William Tyndale and his colleagues are depicted, are deeply moving as well.

All three episodes of Fires of Faith are now available for viewing on demand at the internet site of BYUtv.

The following four-minute trailer conveys a good sense for the drama, the scholarly approach, and the overall flavor of this outstanding new production.

Hundreds of years ago on an obscure European island, a book was born that transformed the world.  A book that gave rise to the world’s greatest language and changed the way much of the world was governed.  A book that outsold all other books ever written.  A book that cost thousands of men and women their very lives.  A book that is increasingly relegated to the role of religious relic, rather than revered as a revolutionary text that changed the world.

 

As this book is increasingly forgotten, so might be those who gave their lives that the book might live.

 

(from the introduction to Part 1: Yearning For the Word)