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The Bible: An Academic's Review,
This review is from: The Bible: Authorized King James Version (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
This review isn't about whether The Bible is or isn't the word of God. This review will treat it as any other book, and especially the benefits of this edition for academics.
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.
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Initial post: 28 Dec 2011 13:28:11 GMT
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If you are presuming to write a review for "academics", you should learn the correct use of the apostrophe...
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