A History of the Bible as Literature, Volume 1: From Antiquity to 1700

A History of the Bible as Literature, Volume 1: From Antiquity to 1700

by David Norton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521617006

ISBN-13: 9780521617000

Pub. Date: 10/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

It is regarded as a truism that the King James Bible is one of the finest pieces of English prose. Yet few people are aware that the King James Bible was generally scorned or ignored as English writing for a century and a half after its publication. The reputation of this Bible is the central, most fascinating, element in a larger history, that of literary ideas of

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It is regarded as a truism that the King James Bible is one of the finest pieces of English prose. Yet few people are aware that the King James Bible was generally scorned or ignored as English writing for a century and a half after its publication. The reputation of this Bible is the central, most fascinating, element in a larger history, that of literary ideas of the Bible as they have come into and developed in English culture; and the first volume of David Norton's magisterial two-volume work surveys and analyses a comprehensive range of these ideas from biblical times to the end of the seventeenth century, providing a unique view of the Bible and translation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521617000
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Series:
A History of the Bible as Literature Series
Pages:
428
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

List of plates; Preface; List of abbreviations; 1. 'This treasure in earthen vessels'; 2. The early Christians and biblical eloquence; 3. Jerome; 4. Augustine and his successors; 5. The occult text; 6. The challenge to the translators; 7. Slaves of the vulgate; 8. Creators of English; 9. From the Great Bible to the Rheims-Douai Bible; 10. The King James Bible; 11. Presentations of the text, 1525–1625; 12. Sixteenth-century movements towards literary praise and appreciation of the Bible; 13. The struggle for acceptance; 14. 'The eloquentist books in the world'; 15. Versifying the Psalms; 16. 'The best materials in the world for Poesy'; Appendix; Bibliography; General index; Biblical index.

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