One of Dr. Peter Ruckman’s many infamies is his belief that the King James Bible is superior to the original manuscripts. Better maybe, but superior? Is it possible for a translation to be as authoritative as the Bible’s original autographs? 2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. Seeing that the KJV is indeed scripture, it can be said that is as authoritative as the autographs, even more so actually. Now before you burn me at the stake let me explain.
For starters, the KJV, and the preceding English translations, can be said to be better than the originals because never before have Christians had the entire collection of scriptures in one volume. This makes it much more convenient to carry in travel than several feet of scrolls in Hebrew & Greek. Additionally, the chapter & verse divisions have made locating and navigating through the scriptures exponentially simpler too; needless to say having the scriptures in your native language makes for easier reading too.
With this in mind, and the fact that the KJV exists and the original autographs do not, it can be logically stated that the King James Bible is in fact superior to the original manuscripts and of equal authority.