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

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

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582438443
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 839,222
  • File size: 873 KB

Meet the Author

Lord Melvyn Bragg is a best-selling author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books, including The Adventure of English. He is the host of the incredibly popular arts program The South Bank Show, which airs in 60 countries including the United States. The show has been on the air, with Bragg as the host, since 1978. He lives in London.
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Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Part 1 From Hampton Court to New England

Chapter 1 The Scope of It 5

Chapter 2 The Road to 1611 12

Chapter 3 The Foundation is Laid 21

Chapter 4 The King James Version is Commissioned 32

Chapter 5 The Four Companies 41

Chapter 6 The Mayflower and the Covenant 53

Chapter 7 The Bible in the Civil Wars (1642-51) 68

Chapter 8 The New Map 81

Chapter 9 The Great Awakening 93

Part 2 The Impact on Culture

Chapter 10 The Royal Society (1660): Early Modern Science and the Bible 109

Chapter 11 Language 119

Chapter 12 The Bible Itself as Literature 130

Chapter 13 From Shakespeare - The Bible and Literature(1) 140

Chapter 14 American Literature and the Twentieth Century - The Bible and Literature (2) 164

Chapter 15 The Eighteenth-Century Enlightenment 182

Chapter 16 The Matter of Richard Dawkins: The New Enlightenment 194

Chapter 17 Mary Wollstonecraft and William Wilberforce 210

Part 3 The Impact on Society

Chapter 18 Slavery and the Civil War in America (1) 229

Chapter 19 Slavery and the Civil War in America (2) 243

Chapter 20 The Bible and Education 259

Chapter 21 On a Mission Around the World 271

Chapter 22 The Bible and Sex 287

Chapter 23 The Bible and Women 310

Chapter 24 Christian Socialism and the Social Gospel 324

Chapter 25 The Bible and Democracy 335

Afterword 345

Acknowledgements 349

Select Bibliography 351

Index 355

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  • Posted January 18, 2012

    Hidhly recommended.

    An excellent history of the power of the King James Bible on the English speaking world.

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