- Paperback: 1824 pages
- Publisher: OUP Oxford (17 April 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780199535941
- ISBN-13: 978-0199535941
- ASIN: 0199535949
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 5.8 x 13 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Bible: Authorized King James Version (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 17 Apr 2008
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The World's Classics Bible [is] a quite extraordinary success. It is learned but entirely accessible, full of fascinating information ... and executed with great skill and enthusiasm (Frank Kermode)
[The editors] seem to have read everything ... and their commentary consistently illuminates everything it touches upon, from the meaning of single words to the largest issues ... A magnificent achievement (Gabriel Josipovici)
About the Author
Robert Carroll has taught Semitic languages and the Hebrew/English Bible for 30 years at Glasgow University, where he is Professor of Hebrew Bible and Semitic Studies. Stephen Prickett has held the Chair of English at the Australian National University in Canberra, and has taught at Sussex and Minnesota Universities and Smith College, Massachusetts. He is currently Regius Professor of English Literature at Glasgow University.
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and Im very pleased with it. It's a soft back book, and I made a fabric cover for it.
Its now my primary bible.
Translations do make a big difference, however. Having done a degree in Theology and studied the Bible in its original languages, I am still amazed to find how much difference the choice of one word over another can make. The influences of the people who translated the particluar version of the Bible have a big influence on the meaning that is put across.
The King James Bible was written in England as a result of the Reformation. It was the first translation of the Bible into English (before that the Latin version had been used by the clergy). The language is undeniably beautiful, very rich and powerful. Recitation of selected texts is a particularly beneficial exercise.
If it is comprehension you are looking for, however, a modern translation may be more helpful. The New Internationalist Version is very good, but sacrifices some of the beauty for the sake of clarity (as do all modern translations)
The KJV is undoubtedly one of the most influential books in English literature, it's language, syntax, it's imagery and even entire phrases and passages have been massively influential over the four hundred years since it was published.
Translated on the orders of King James, a strong Protestant seeking to remove as much of the Latin and Catholic influences from the Bible, the KJV uses as many words of Anglo-Saxon, Germanic and English origin as possible. So not only is this is great use as far as general Biblical references, I've read parts of several different versions of the Bible for various reasons and the language in this version is beautiful, even though it does sacrifice clarity in some parts.
This version of the Bible is the most referenced, alluded and thematic book in Western Literature in English and, despite the heaviness of this volume it has an extremely helpful introduction and notes section. But that latter goes without saying as it's the Oxford World's Classics series and all their books are very good when it comes to scholarly introductions and explantory notes.
Deuteronomy and Leviticus are boring, Revelation is trippy and the Apocrypha are very interesting.
And the scholarly and academic worth of having your own Bible is well worth the small price.
Now, whatever one thinks or believes, we are talking about a book. This edition is large, yes, but it feels wonderful and who can complain about Michelangelo's Jeremiah (from the Sistine Chapel) on the cover? Despite its size, it's still smaller than my NIV study Bible. I haven't perused the notes yet but there are indeed some rather delicious looking ones at the back outlining each book. I am also very happy this edition includes the Apocrypha.
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This is indeed a rarity in that it reproduces the 1796 (Blayney) Oxford Standard Text together with the Apocryphal books. Read morePublished 3 months ago by observer
Well it turns out the zebra did it, no wait...thats the dictionary. But still it is a very good read and very useful for reference.Published 5 months ago by Kisui
This edition's introduction and supporting material are excellent. They are not fostering anyone's or any church's position concerning The Bible. Read morePublished 6 months ago by ExistJeff