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The Cayman Islands Postal Service commemorates the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible (KJB) in stamps. The 2011 Christmas issue was released on 8 November with five stamps.

  • The 25¢ stamp depicts the cover of the KJB and illustrates the apostles Peter and Paul seated above the central text, flanked by Moses and Aaron. In the four corners, sit Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, authors of the four gospels, with their symbolic animals. The rest of the apostles (with Judas facing away) stand around Peter and Paul. At the very top is the Tetragrammaton "יהוה", which refers to the name of the God of Israel (Hebrew: הוה) used in the Hebrew Bible.

  • The 75¢ stamp depicts a portrait King James I, the monarch who was responsible for organising the translation of one of the most important works, and certainly the most published books of our time.

     

     

     

     

  • The 80¢ stamp features William Tyndale, who in 1526 translated the first version of the New Testament into English. He is considered to be the ‘Father of the English Bible’, but rather than being a hero, he was imprisoned and later tried, defrocked and sentenced to death.

     

     

     

  • The $1 stamp depicts the printers of the King James Bible.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • The $1.60 stamp is of the translators, a group of 48 scholars. The translators were organised into six groups and met at Westminster, Cambridge, and Oxford. The translators were divided into teams that worked on different sections.

     

     

     

The stamps are currently on sale at all post offices. For more information, contact Philatelic Bureau 946-4757.