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In the beginning : the story of the King James Bible and how it changed a nation, a language, and a culture

Author: Alister E McGrath
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"The King James Bible is the most familiar and widely read Bible translation in the world, recognized for centuries as both a religious and literary classic. But the origins of this masterpiece are far from what one might expect, and its beginnings lie in murder, deceit, bitter political feuds, and religious conflicts so intense they threatened the unity of England. The struggle to translate the Bible into English  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alister E McGrath
ISBN: 038549890X 9780385498906
OCLC Number: 44794843
Description: x, 340 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Unknown to the ancients: the new technology --
The rise of English as a national language --
The great tumult: the Reformation --
The first printed English bibles --
Explaining the "hard places": the Geneva Bible --
A Puritan king? The accession of King James --
The decision to translate: The Hampton Court Conference --
Translation: the englishing of the Bible --
Production: the early printings of the King James Bible --
Translators and traitors: the problems of Bible translation --
The Bible and the shaping of modern English --
Triumph: the final acclamation of the King James Bible.
Responsibility: Alister E. McGrath.
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"The King James Bible is the most familiar and widely read Bible translation in the world, recognized for centuries as both a religious and literary classic. But the origins of this masterpiece are far from what one might expect, and its beginnings lie in murder, deceit, bitter political feuds, and religious conflicts so intense they threatened the unity of England. The struggle to translate the Bible into English was a passionate cause, in the name of which crusaders fought, were imprisoned, and were sometimes even executed - like William Tyndale, whose efforts to translate the New Testament into English led him to a gruesome death. Now, Alister McGrath explores the origins of this monumental work and delves into the forces that brought it into being, illuminating a particularly volatile and culturally rich period in European history."--Jacket.

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