Comment: KJV would not actually be

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KJV would not actually be

the least "distorted" (using your term) translation into English from the Greek. If you are looking for the most "word for word" translation, the NASB and its variants are that. The KJV and its variants would probably be second. The translators were very skilled, and went out of their way to make it beautiful. It is the KJV that anchors what would become modern English. It does have a few hundred words that are no longer used in the way they are used in the KJV, some mean completely the opposite.

You may be referring to the KJV and NKJV use if "Byzantine" style texts, and that most other translations now use older "Alexandrian" style texts. Sincere Christians have varying opinions on these texts. The KJV supporters believe that the older texts tended to come from Egypt (the main center of early Christianity) were influenced by heresies and dropped some of the stronger portions of the references to Christ's divinity intentionally. Meanwhile many today tend to believe that some of these portions of verses were copied from text notes by monks who did not really understand the Greek they were copying. Remember, our modern text with UPPER and lower case letters and punctuation did not come about until later(9th to 12th centuries). Older manuscripts are all written in all uncials (upper case only, no spacing or lower case letters). The oldest Hebrew texts did not even include vowels. The reason they tend to think this is that most of the disputed verses are simply longer in the KJV as thought somebody was explaining things. In either case, most of the differences are really quite minor if you study them.

Personally, I recommend a copy of each for any serious study. Just stay away from paraphrases like The Word or The Living Bible if you want to study anything.

Your sources are way off on the Dead Sea Scrolls stuff though. The scrolls all predate New Testament periods. There are three types of texts:
1. Old Testament/Jewish canonical texts
2. Apocryphal texts
3. Sectarian texts that explain the specific beliefs of the Qumran sect.
You will not find anything to support KJV there.