A History of the Bible as Literature, Volume 2: From 1700 to the Present Dayby David Norton
Pub. Date: 11/01/1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Early eighteenth century literary critics thought the King James Bible had 'all the disadvantages of an old prose translation.' But from the 1760s on criticism became increasingly favourable. In the nineteenth century it swelled into a chorus of praise for 'the noblest monument of English prose'. This volume traces how that reversal of opinion came about. The story of the development of modern literary discussion of the Bible in general is told also, showing not only how criticism has shaped understanding of the Bible but how the Bible has shaped literary criticism.
Table of ContentsList of abbreviations; 1. The early eighteenth century and the KJB; 2. Mid-century; 3. The critical rise of the KJB; 4. Romantics and the Bible; 5. Literary discussion to mid-Victorian times; 6. The Revised Version; 7. 'The Bible as Literature'; 8. The later reputation of the KJB; 9. Narrative and unity: modern preoccupations; 10. This (spiritual) treasure in earthen/earthenware/clay vessels/pots/jars; Appendix; Bibliography; General index; Biblical index.
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