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The King James Bible and the World It Made
Jeffrey, David Lyle, editor

Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2011 pp. vi + 205. $24.95


Description: 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.

Subjects: Methods, Linguistics, Translation and Translation Theory

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Review by Francis Dalrymple-Hamilton
Published 4/29/2013
Citation: Francis Dalrymple-Hamilton, review of David Lyle Jeffrey, ed., The King James Bible and the World It Made, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).


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