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The King James Bible After 400 Years
Literary, Linguistic and Cultural Influences
Edited by Hannibal Hamlin & Norman W Jones
Publisher:Cambridge University Press (CUP )
Published:09 December 2010
I found this book to be a mine of information, (Do you know about Anne Boleyn’s Bible?) and a great source to read or dip into. There are explorations of the political and religious contexts of 1611, and their effects on the development of the King James Bible (KJB).
The structure of the book consists of an introduction followed by fifteen chapters each by a different contributor. The book is divided into three sections each looking at different areas of study. Some useful chronologies of the various translations are also included.
The editors view is that it, ‘is the most complete one-volume exploration of the story of the KJB and its influence…..Each chapter exemplifies a broader field of study in relation to the KJB, such as literary history, women’s studies, the history of the book, translation studies, African American studies, postcolonial studies, and the history of Christianity.’ (page 2)
This is a book worth reading, as it opens up unimagined dimensions to the origins of the KJB and its impact on society. I would suggest that if you are going to have one book celebrating the 400 years of the King James, then this is the one to get!
Reviewer: John Macaulay (24/11/11)