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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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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)
Very clear font and likewise easy to read - for here we have just the KJV text with no notes or cross-references at all to distract the eye.
Yet this is an estimable scholarly edition - with all the information one is ever likely to need being comprised either within the explanatory notes to each Book located at the end or in the detailed introductory essay at the front. Would certainly recommend. [Only one quibble - it is paperback and really should be in hardback format.]
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.
As far as literature goes, the King James Version, "translated out of the original tongues" during the time of Shakespeare some four hundred years ago has been since its inception the standard by which all other versions are compared. More than that, along with the works of Shakespeare, the King James Version of the Bible is the bedrock upon which all English literature rests. The language used by those anonymous translators ranges from the mundane to ethereal poetry of the highest order. If you are reading the Bible as literature, the King James version is the one to get. More than that, one can hardly be considered educated without at least some familiarity with this great work.
As far as the Bible being the revealed word of God, there are two possible ways of looking at it.
One, literally; that is, the Bible as the absolute, denotative truth put down by scribes acting as instruments of God. This is the way Christian fundamentalists view the Bible. "God said it. I believe it. That settles it!" (To recall a bumper sticker.)
Two, symbolically; that is, the Bible as wisdom from God set forth in symbol, parable, story, myth and metaphor.
To be blunt, I don't think there is much to be said for the literal approach. In the first place, the Bible is contradictory in many places and it requires some clever babbling to reconcile the contradictions. For example it is written in many places that the Lord was moved to anger by the misbehavior of his people.Read more ›
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This is a small to medium height paperback with pages of normal thickness. As a consequence, the book is very thick and it is likely that, relatively quickly, the pages will... Read morePublished 8 days ago by L. M.
The study and translation notes from the team are invaluable to the scholar studying the bible. Read more
A great Bible with second to none scholarly support such as the introduction and the book summaries in the back. The text is small and strains the eye. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Vernon Lacey
The best translation of the King James Bible, indeed the bible in general I've ever read. The language is rich, complex and takes me back to my Anglican childhood. Read morePublished 2 months ago by L.W