The Book of Books: The Radical Impact of the King James Bible 1611-2011

The Book of Books: The Radical Impact of the King James Bible 1611-2011

by Melvyn Bragg
     
 

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The King James Bible has often been called the “Book of Books,” both in itself and in what it stands for. Since its publication in 1611, it has been the best-selling book in the world, and many believe, it has had the greatest impact.

The King James Bible has spread the Protestant faith. It has also been the greatest influence on the enrichment of the

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The King James Bible has often been called the “Book of Books,” both in itself and in what it stands for. Since its publication in 1611, it has been the best-selling book in the world, and many believe, it has had the greatest impact.

The King James Bible has spread the Protestant faith. It has also been the greatest influence on the enrichment of the English language and its literature. It has been the Bible of wars from the British Civil War in the seventeenth century to the American Civil War two centuries later, and it has been carried into battle in innumerable conflicts since then. Its influence on social movements—particularly involving women in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries—and politics was profound. It was crucial to the growth of democracy. It was integral to the abolition of slavery, and it defined attitudes to modern science, education, and sex.

As Lord Melvyn Bragg’s The Adventure of English explored the history of our language, so The Book of Books reveals the extraordinary and still-felt impact of a work created 400 years ago.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
While much has been written in recognition of the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Version of the Bible (KJV), this is a welcome addition, especially for readers new to learning the KJV's history. Bragg (The Adventure of English), most famous in Britain as host of The South Bank Show on television, focuses on the 400-year impact of the book in such areas as language, literature, politics, and social movements. He argues that the KJV is one of the most significant books ever written in English. This is hardly a new pronouncement, but Bragg writes accessibly, with a gift for storytelling and an engaging style. His book has three sections covering periods of time as well as of impact: "From Hampton Court to New England," "Impact on Culture," and "Impact on Society." Bragg is not a New Testament or church history scholar, and he does not focus on the KJV as a sacred book. VERDICT The general reader with an interest in the overlapping nature of history, literature, and religion and in the impact one book can have will appreciate this title. Recommended.—John Jaeger, Dallas Baptist Univ., TX
Yvonne Zipp
In his engaging history The Book of Books…Melvyn Bragg argues that the King James Bible, though often misused by oppressors, has been a positive catalyst for change.
—The Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582437811
Publisher:
Counterpoint Press
Publication date:
08/23/2011
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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