Bible: The Story of the King James Version 1611 2011 Hardcover – 28 Oct 2010
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Campbell has managed to combine academic depth with readability, producing a thoroughly enjoyable book which will appeal to scholars and lay readers alike. (Theology)
Beautiful and inspiring book (Lancet)
This history of its origins, creation and impact offers an expert guide to the most influential book in the English language. (Independent)
This is not just a book for theologians but for students of language too. (The Tribune)
Beautifully crafted book. (New Statesman)
A fascinating read. (Church of England Newspaper)
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Gordon Campbell is Professor of Renaissance Studies at Leicester University. An authority on Renaissance literature, he is the co-author of John Milton: Life, Work, and Thought (with Thomas N. Corns).
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Gordon Cambell's book would make a valuable addition to the library of anyone interested in Church history and the evolution of the English language.
Scholars have clearly made great advances in the last four hundred years, and the Bible today is no doubt truer to the original manuscripts than ever before; but Professor Campbell makes a compelling case for the 1611 translation as the most complete work of theology and literature, created by a group of eminent scholars whose like we will not see again.
A warm and accessible book, full of insight. Heartily recommended!
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.Read more ›
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This book puts the King James Version of the Bible into its historical context, helping one to understand what it owes to earlier English translations and how it has remained the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by I. C. McBrayne
This is an informed and well written book that is easy to read. He covers ground not dealt with in previous accounts of the KJV bible. Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2013 by Geoff
AV Addicts will welcome this but may be in for a few surprises. The AV in common use, for example, is not the original which suffered badly from printers and translators' errors,... Read morePublished on 26 Dec. 2012 by Alec Gilmore
The four-hundredth anniversary of the publication of the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible is currently upon us. Read morePublished on 23 Jun. 2012 by C. Elmore
An entertaining but scholarly read on a weighty topic. It was refreshing not to find a closely-printed tome with hundreds of pages which one never finds time to read. Read morePublished on 24 Dec. 2011 by Kate
Enough depth for those who really want to know details, but engaging enough to keep the attention of most readers.Published on 20 May 2011 by M. Earwicker