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Begat : the King James Bible and the English language

Author: David Crystal
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How can a work published in 1611 have had such a lasting influence on the language? To answer this question, Crystal offers fascinating discussions of phrases such as "The skin of one's teeth" or "Out of the mouth of babes," tracing how these memorable lines have found independent life in the work of poets, playwrights, novelists, politicians, and journalists, and how more recently they have been taken up with  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Dictionaries
Terms and phrases
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Crystal
ISBN: 9780199585854 0199585857 9780199695188 0199695180
OCLC Number: 567008025
Notes: Includes indexes.
Description: vii, 327 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: In the beginning --
Let there be light --
Be fruitful and multiply --
My brother's keeper --
Two by two --
A coat of many colours --
Fire and brimstone --
Begat --
Thou shalt not --
Manna, milk, and honey --
Eyes, teeth, and loins --
What hath been wrought --
Bread alone --
How are the mighty fallen! --
The skin of one's teeth --
Out of the mouths of babes --
Pride goes before a fall --
Nothing new under the sun --
Fly in the ointment --
No peace for the wicked --
Be horribly afraid --
Seeing the light --
Eyes, ears, cheeks --
Speaking, shouting, wailing, writing --
Shaking, turning, moving --
Many and few, first and last --
Fights, foes, fools, friends --
Praising famous men --
Sheep, goats, swine --
Money, wages, pearls, mites --
Blessed are the servants --
Heal thyself --
Times and seasons --
Birth, life, and death --
Countries, kingdoms, Armageddon --
Building houses, mansions, sepulchres --
Millstones, crosses, yokes, pricks --
Sowing seeds --
Salt and wine --
The law, judges, thieves, swords --
Love and charity --
Peace, patience, wrath, whore --
Appendixes. Expressions discussed in this book --
Number of references made to Old and New Testament sources.
Responsibility: David Crystal.

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The King James Bible has contributed more to English than any other source. In this enlightening book David Crystal asks why. He looks at how its words have been given new life by poets, playwrights,  Read more...

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a book which has insights and delights on every page. * David Norton, Scottish Journal of Theology * Entertaining. * Christopher Howse, Daily Telegraph * Wonderful book. * The Guardian * Crystal's Read more...

 
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