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Bible: The Story of the King James Version 1611 - 2011

by Gordon Campbell


Price: £9.99
Publisher:Oxford University Press (OUP)
Published:11 August 2011
Hardback, ISBN 978-0-199-55759-2, £16.99, published october 2010
A very detailed recounting of the making of the King James Bible by a Professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of Leicester. It would fit comfortably in our academic section, but that might deter others who like me, do not consider such books for them. Not so, Gordon Campbell has written in a very readable way that kept me interested throughout. It is a fascinating story, and amazing that we know so many details of how the project was set up originally and who was involved at every stage. At the back of the book is a list of ‘The Companies’ who worked on the translations and later revisers, giving a short biography of each when known. I had no idea how very many people were involved, and was amazed to learn of the wide knowledge of so many people at that time. There is a long list of suggested further reading, so if you get ‘hooked’ on this subject, you could be reading for a long time!

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Reviewer: Mary Bartholomew   (01/11/10)
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