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Begat: The King James Bible and the English Language
Crystal, David

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010 pp. vii + 327. $24.95


Description: No other version of the Bible however popular (such as the Good News Bible) or put upon the church (like the New English Bible) has had anything like the same impact. David Crystal shows how its words and phrases found independent life in the work of poets, playwrights, novelists, and politicians, and how more recently they have been taken up by journalists, advertisers, Hollywood, and hip-hop. He reveals the great debt the King James Bible owes to its English forbears, especially John Wycliffe's in the fourteenth century and William Tyndale's in the sixteenth. He also shows that the revisions and changes made by King James's translators were crucial to its universal success.

Subjects: Methods, Linguistics, Translation and Translation Theory

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Review by Craig W. Tyson
Published 4/15/2012
Citation: Craig W. Tyson, review of David Crystal, Begat: The King James Bible and the English Language, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


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