Since its original publication in 1611, the King James Bible has had immeasurable influence on religion, language, culture, art, and literature—yet its road to influence and acceptance was paved with darkness. International politics, subversion, lust, and bloodshed set the stage for the heroic "heretics" who sought to translate the word of God into the English vernacular. Fires of Faith crisscrosses a tumultuous Europe at the birth of religious freedom and chronicles characters central to the Reformation, including John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, King Henry VIII, and "Bloody" Queen Mary I, culminating with the reign of King James I and his commissioned translation of the Bible.
This intriguing three-part documentary series features more than 130 reenactments filmed in eight countries, with great care taken to represent the scenes visually and historically accurate. Commentary from 18 international scholars and religious leaders tells the story of one of the greatest committee efforts in history, resulting in the most influential and enduring book the Western world has ever seen.
Part 1 - Yearning for the Word
Discover the history of the English Reformation and learn about the varying roles Martin Luther, William Tyndale, and King Henry VIII had in its development.
Part 2 - Martyrs for a Book
Gutenberg's revolutionary printing press aided the Protestant Reformation and sped up the printing of illegal Bibles being smuggled into England. Within a year, many influential "heretics" were betrayed, imprisoned, and martyred for their beliefs.
Part 3 - The King James Bible
In 1604, England's King James ordered a new translation of the Bible. After seven years, 54 scholars, and one of the greatest committee efforts in history, those who persevered brought forth the most widely used book ever written.
Bonus Featurettes (90 minutes):
The Bible and America - Other Translations - The Bible Today - The Translators - Martin Luther - King Henry - King James - Religion Today - Tyndale's Legacy - Favorite Passage - Bible Literacy Today - The Making of Fires of Faith
BYU aired the first U.S. television film series on the making of the King James Bible,
coinciding with the 400th anniversary of its translation. Celebrated for its enduring and widespread use, the King James Bible has had immeasurable impact on
religion, language, culture, art and literature. Yet the road to its influence and
acceptance was paved with the horrors of humanity.
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About the Authors
Lee Groberg has produced and directed a number of documentary films over the past twenty-five years, including American Gunmaker, Treasure House, Trail of Hope, American Prophet, Sacred Stone, America’s Choir, Sweetwater Rescue, Fires of Faith, and First Freedom, all produced for public television. Narrators for his films have included Gregory Peck, Hal Holbrook, Fess Parker, Walter Cronkite, Geoffrey Palmer, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Ed Ames.
First Freedom is one of the more rewarding film projects he has worked on. This companion book reflects many of the images from the film and includes comments from the academic scholars featured in the film.
Regarding his work on the film, Lee remarked, “It has been my pleasure to work on a story that has spiritual implications in all of our lives. These founding fathers did not share a single faith, but I feel that they were directed by a divine force that helped them establish a country where all could worship in freedom—or even feel free to not worship at all. That is the beauty of our guaranteed right of religious liberty.
“I thank my wife, Jeanine, for her unflagging support and devotion as together, we tackle these very meaningful film and book projects.”
by Rebecca - reviewed on January 12, 2013
This documentary about the coming forth of the King James Bible is marvelous. A person gets a very real sense of the sacrifices necessary to get the scriptures into the language of the common man.
Buy this now!
by Sharon - reviewed on October 23, 2012
I bought 2 of these, one for me and one for a Christmas gift for my protestant family when we draw names. This documentary builds on itself with each CD. It pulls in commentary from people of all faiths from Notre Dame University, to Oxford University, to the President of the Southern Baptist Convention, to one of our own Apostles, just to name a few. The last CD ties it all together when it references all the people went through to bring forth the Bible in English to our times. I was in tears by the end. This is well worth adding to your video library!