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The King James Bible and the World It Made
     

The King James Bible and the World It Made

by David Lyle Jeffrey (Editor)
 

The King James translation of the Bible ushered in a new eloquence that until 1611 had not existed in the English language. Four centuries later, the literary and historical power of this Bible continues to awe. Originally conceived to help unify Protestants during the English Reformation, many of the Bible's phrases still saturate popular prose—as evidenced

Overview

The King James translation of the Bible ushered in a new eloquence that until 1611 had not existed in the English language. Four centuries later, the literary and historical power of this Bible continues to awe. Originally conceived to help unify Protestants during the English Reformation, many of the Bible's phrases still saturate popular prose—as evidenced by sayings such as "an eye for an eye" and Abraham Lincoln's famous "a house divided against itself," and even in the intonations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the music of Johnny Cash. The King James Bible and the World It Made brings into conversation leading contemporary scholars who articulate how this celebrated translation repeatedly influenced the language of politics, statecraft, and English literature while offering Christians a unique resource for living the faith.

Including Mark Noll, Alister McGrath, Lamin Sanneh, David Bebbington, Robert Alter, Philip Jenkins, and Laura Knoppers, this collection highlights the most notable facets of the King James Bible and the history it created, and astutely reflects on its relevance to the modern world.

Baylor University Press

Editorial Reviews

Theological Book Review - Daniel Jeyaraj

Every person who wishes to understand the importance of the KJV should read it and I warmly recommend it.

From the Publisher

"An international array of acknowledged experts here focus on a theme of obvious historical and contemporary significance. This is first-rate scholarship and commands much attention."
--Trevor A. Hart, Professor of Divinity, University of St Andrews, Scotland

"This outstanding collection of essays by accomplished and learned scholars provides a host of insights into the religious and cultural impact of the King James Bible over these four centuries. I highly recommend this book for those who wish to learn more about this powerful, beautiful, and influential translation of the Bible."
--David F. Watson, Associate Professor of New Testament and Associate Dean for Master's Programs, United Theological Seminary

"Carefully crafted and dignified. This volume leaves no doubt that the King James Version has served as the most authentic voice of scripture for more than three centuries--and raises important questions about the absence of any such standard in the church today."
--Hans Boersma, J.I. Packer Professor of Theology, Regent College

FundamentallyReformed.com

... a fascinating work on the King James Bible... [T]hese essays are a cut above the typical book touting the King James on its 400th Anniversary. Many of the essays offer profound historical insights and analysis on the King James Bible.

The Washington Post

Contemporary scholars such as David Bebbington, Alister McGrath, Philip Jenkins and Laura Knoppers share the results of their in-depth study.

Stone-Campbell Journal - Mark S. Krause

... a well-done collection of essays.

Sixteenth Century Journal - Armond Boudreaux

Altogether, the essays in this volume approach the KJV from a variety of trajectories, addressing issues that should be helpful to readers interested in the continuing presence of the 1611 translation in contemporary culture. Like the Bible itself, the collection contains both unity and diversity. The tension is perhaps a strength of the volume; it is a testament to the KJV’s complex history. And after all, they are writing about a book that contains the messages of both Qoheleth and Jesus—and both are equally the word of God.

Review of Biblical Literature - Francis Dalrymple-Hamilton

… this work is to be commended and studied with pleasure by all who value the impetus of the KJB.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602584167
Publisher:
Baylor University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Pages:
209
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

David F. Watson

This outstanding collection of essays by accomplished and learned scholars provides a host of insights into the religious and cultural impact of the King James Bible over these four centuries. I highly recommend this book for those who wish to learn more about this powerful, beautiful, and influential translation of the Bible.

Trevor A. Hart

An international array of acknowledged experts here focus on a theme of obvious historical and contemporary significance. This is first-rate scholarship and commands much attention.

Hans Boersma

Carefully crafted and dignified. This volume leaves no doubt that the King James Version has served as the most authentic voice of scripture for more than three centuries—and raises important questions about the absence of any such standard in the church today.

Meet the Author

David Lyle Jeffrey is Distinguished Professor of Literature and the Humanities at Baylor University. He is the author or editor of more than 12 books including Houses of the Interpreter: Reading Scripture, Reading Culture.

Baylor University Press

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