The shepherds in their fields abiding: the Christmas message of the KJV

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A stained glass window at St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral in Honolulu, Hawaii, depicts the birth of Jesus. RNS photo by Kevin Eckstrom.

A stained glass window at St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral in Honolulu, Hawaii, depicts the birth of Jesus. RNS photo by Kevin Eckstrom.

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If there is a Christmas message in the story of the King James Version of the Bible, it is that unlikely origins do not preclude satisfying endings. It was a demonstration of the theological conclusion that the wisdom of God, which often transforms what appears to be sheer folly into something wonderfully wise, has done it again.