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The Bible: Authorized King James Version (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 17 Apr 2008

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  • 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 (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Well this bible is perfect for me. For me the richness of this version of the bible cannot be beaten. I have other versions of the bible but I think that the King James is nearer to the original versions written in Hebrew and Greek. The type face is nice and clear with the verse numbers at the beginning of the line ie each verse starts a new paragraph. Some of my other bibles are quite difficult to read because the print is small and faint but this Oxford World's Classic bible is very easy to read. It also includes the Apocrypha as well as notes on each book of the bible. It was also EXCELLENT value for money
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What is the point of reviewing The King James Bible according whether you consider it to be true or not?! Anyone thinking of reading the Bible, in whatever translation, are doing so for their own reasons: whether because they believe it to be the Word of God; or because it is great literature and one of the cornerstones of our Western / English speaking society.
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)
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This is indeed a rarity in that it reproduces the 1796 (Blayney) Oxford Standard Text together with the Apocryphal books. ( Only in special commemorative editions of the original 1611 printing has the KJV with the Apocrypha appeared)

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.]
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Book arrived in excellent condition. Ive enjoyed reading it, the print is a good size,
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.
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The KJV uses as its basis for the New Testament the Textus Receptus, and is far more reliable than most other versions on the market today. The Textus Receptus can be traced right back to 150 AD and is quoted by the early Church Fathers, further, it has been faithfully copied many of times over throughout the Old World throughout the ages. Why would anyone want a version whose authenticity cannot be traced (like most modern versions)? My only fault with this bible is that some people may have difficulty with the Elizabethan English unless they have a small dictionary of KJV English, or some other dictionary, since the meaning of some words have changed since then. However those words are actually comparatively few and scattered and should not detract from your reading. The language of the KJV is not really as difficult as some would make out and if you can read Jane Austen, then you can read this. Thee/Thou/Ye presents little problem and was done to distinguish between you plural and you singular, not to sound churchy. No other bible has the beautiful style of the KJV.
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The Holy Bible ("Book divine! Precious treasures thou art mine!"--to recall a popular hymn) like many great works of religion can be taken on two levels. The first is as literature, the second as the revealed word of God.
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.
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