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A major new edition of the King James Bible-faithfully presented for the twenty-first century

Although it is the most important book in the religious life and culture of the English-speaking world, the King James Bible, or Authorized Version of 1611, has never been perfectly represented in print. This edition makes available the translators' intended work with a fidelity never before achieved?allowing the most read, heard, and loved book in the...

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Overview

A major new edition of the King James Bible-faithfully presented for the twenty-first century

Although it is the most important book in the religious life and culture of the English-speaking world, the King James Bible, or Authorized Version of 1611, has never been perfectly represented in print. This edition makes available the translators' intended work with a fidelity never before achieved—allowing the most read, heard, and loved book in the English language to speak with new vigor to modern readers.

The work we have long read as the King James Bible contains numerous changes, both deliberate and accidental, to the text. David Norton has scrupulously collated the established text with the translators' original manuscripts to create this new authoritative edition. In addition, he has modernized and standardized the spelling but left intact the words and grammatical forms, and he has restored most of the original punctuation, which, unlike the standard version, largely adheres to modern practices. Finally, he presents the text in paragraph format, making this King James Bible a fully comprehensible and gratifying read.
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141441511
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/5/2006
  • Pages: 2000
  • Sales rank: 428,236
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 2.06 (d)

Meet the Author

David Norton, associate professor of English at New Zealand's Victoria University of Wellington, is the author of A History of the Bible as Literature and A Textual History of the King James Bible.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2008

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    Horrible

    Why would an atheist edit the Bible? And also, why change the original words in the faithful KJV? There is no reason to delete most of the "mine's" even if you think they shouldn't be there. What about the exclamation marks?! There are close to none in this guy's editing when in the KJV there are a bunch of verses with exclamation marks in them. If this was one of the editions of the king james version (1611-1769) then I would have liked it, but a lot of the good stuff is edited out. He changes bare to bore so it will read "Thou borest me" instead of "Thou barest me". How stupid is that? I'm usually content with all of my books, but this is just horrible. The KJV is precious to the English language because it was written in Shakespeare's day- when English was in its purest form. Norton changes the language and leaves the whole thing in a mess. Get a 1611 Bible or a 1769 version would also do. Never let atheists edit the Bible for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2010

    A Phenomenal Study Guide if You're Looking for the Apocrypha

    I was one who grew up on the King James Version of the Bible in my Church (being LDS) and I've grown so attached to this particular translation and it's Shakespearean language. While I believe that translations of the Bible can become problematic and have many ambiguities that really only serve to confuse readers, I feel that this particular copy has been diligently compiled and translated without leaving behind the pieces of the KJV that I've grown so attached to in my scripture study.
    For example: In Jude 1:6, the KJV, and also this translation, speak of angels that did not keep their "first estate," and fell from heaven. However, in more modern translations, this particular phrase is rendered to things like "point(s) of authority" or "place in heaven." And it saddens me, because "first estate" is a crucial term that is there for a reason; while modern translations don't differ in meaning too much, they can still be rather unclear to someone who doesn't truly understand what Jude is referring to in that verse of his letter.
    But what drew me so close to this book was the (dare I say?) "modernized" version of the KJV Apocrypha. This particular rendering of the Deuterocanonical texts seems to not only be a clear translation of what we have of these texts of questionable authenticity, but it also retains much of the KJV's original poetic syntax, making it a rare and beneficial piece of work.
    While I wouldn't call this an authoritative translation of the KJV, I would call it a useful study guide in learning and comprehending the Holy Scriptures.

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