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  • Paperback: 2304 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (24 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780393927450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393927450
  • ASIN: 0393927458
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 0.6 x 2.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 507,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Norton Critical Edition of The English Bible, King James Version, appearing on the four hundredth anniversary of the great translation, is a real gift to the English-reading world, making this classical version freshly accessible. The introductions to the different biblical books are apt and often illuminating; the generous annotation clarifies archaic terms, corrects translation errors, and provides insight into the texts; and the appended critical and historical materials give readers a wealth of relevant contexts for both Old and New Testament." -- Robert Alter "Herbert Marks demonstrates in this work that he is now the foremost literary exegete of the King James Bible and of the Hebrew Bible that it translates." -- Harold Bloom

About the Author

Herbert Marks is Professor of Comparative Literature at Indiana University, where he also directs the Institute for Biblical and Literary Studies and edits the monograph series Indiana Studies in Biblical Literature. He is the editor of the Norton Critical Edition of The English Bible, King James Version: The Old Testament.

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Amazon.com: 9 reviews
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
A Superb Edition (Vol. 1) 11 Jun. 2012
By Restless Reader - Published on Amazon.com
W. H. Auden didn't like people who "read the Bible for its prose," but people do this, as well as read for poetry and content. Many of them would like

(1) the King James version, because of language and history;
(2) scholarly footnotes, providing corrections and clarifications;
(3) prose in paragraphs;
(4) verse in lines; and
(5) readable type that's not cramped in columns.

The Norton Critical Edition offers all this, plus hundreds of pages of commentary. The volume with the Old Testament has Near Eastern documents including creation myths; traditional Jewish and Christian exegesis; passages from the likes of Moses Maimonides, Thomas Aquinas, the Qur'an, and Voltaire; and literary works by authors including George Herbert, Herman Melville, and Franz Kafka. There are comparative translations of Genesis 1:1-8 and Psalm 23.

The two volumes aren't beyond criticism, but as a whole they're wonderful. They should have existed years ago.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
At last! 31 Aug. 2012
By toronto - Published on Amazon.com
Finally someone has done what someone should have done for 50 years, which is to provide an annotated edition of the KJV, including updates on translation issues. Like all Nortons, the text is clear, great notes. The notes are at the bottom of the page. Means we can dump the crap translations. I exempt Alter from that last sentence.

Bliss, really.

BUT WHERE IS THE HARDCOVER EDITION? We are talking the Bible here, which means a lifetime of study, recourse to it at various points, references, etc. WE NEED A HARDCOVER EDITION, GODS OF NORTON (I appreciate that this is blasphemy, see Old Testament...hey, this is the Old Testament!!!!)!!!!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The best annotations available for literary reading 14 Nov. 2012
By Ashley H. Perez - Published on Amazon.com
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Having studied with Professor Marks, I know the amount of erudition and sensitive reading that have gone into this work. The introductions and annotations are excellent for literary readers looking to pay close attention to textual nuances and intertextual connections. A brilliant piece of work that ought to be on every serious reader's shelf.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The Enlgish Bible 17 Aug. 2012
By Paul Eisenberg - Published on Amazon.com
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The editor (Professor Herbert Marks) makes a strong case for the famous King James translation (now often regarded as superseded by more recent translations), and offers a wealth of highly informative material about the background to the text and about the translation itself.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Bible. 30 Nov. 2012
By Lewis Foreman - Published on Amazon.com
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The most poetic and traditional biblical translation that sounds like the Bible and not just a tract. The commentaries add so much to understanding.
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