The Story of the King James Bible,
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This review is from: Bible: The Story of the King James Version 1611 - 2011 (Hardcover)
The quality of manufacture of this book is assured. It has thick paper inside with a large print, and the cloth-bound spine and black boards embossed with gold are a stark contrast to other books. Particularly cheap bibles. The author is an educated man with a clear knowledge of English Literature and languages.
The contents of this book seem to be very well researched (there is an authoritative bibliography for your own research) from what appears to be a plethora of sources hitherto-often hidden. The text is well written, and fluent, unlike many history books- and leads you slowly but surely into this huge subject. It is huge. I would like a diagram of the history somewhere. Just to keep a track.
The book would be of infinite size, if every correction and emendment was looked at with its historical context; but that said, there are some shocking and eye-openng revelations for the bible scholar. 1 John 5:7 KJV for example. Where the trinity is defined with poesy 'symbolically'. Your NRSV bible has been re-written from new Greek documents. Jesus, however actually puts these symbols into definition by contextual examples in St Matthew "heaven and earth shall pass away but the word shall never pass away". Look yourself. The interesting thing, is that some have allowed the word "the word", then taken it out? Sometimes newer translations can perhaps miss the point...
As I say, this cannot be an exhaustive study, but I feel that this book leads us in the right directions. And even explains, how the KJV compilers agonized over exactly such situations as these above- but themselves found "inspiration" and not the 'breathly inculcations' of poor literal Greek. Sorry, couldn't resist.
We know that Hebrew is a vowell-less almost glyphic cuniform text spoken and chanted by essence; and that Greek has difficulties with subject-object relations, such that there is a very important role and story to be gleened from looking at the story of bibles. You may have to read to understand. The Bible that is...