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In the Beginning - the Story of the King James Bible

Alister E Mcgrath
In the Beginning - the Story of the King James Bible
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In the Beginning - the Story of the King James Bible

Alister E Mcgrath

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The publication of the King James Bible was a landmark in the history of the English language, and an inspiration to poets, dramatists, artists and politicians. Without the King James Bible there would have been no Paradise Lost, no Pilgrim's Progress, no Handel's Messiah. Yet, more than a literary or even a religious influence, it was perceived and used as a social, economic and political text. Those seeking to overthrow the English monarchy and those wanting to retain it both sought support from the same Bible. So how did this remarkable translation come to be written? To answer this question is to throw open the doors of a world which was being transformed by the new technology of printing, a world where church and state were still closely entwined, and where differences in religious interpretation had dire consequences for individuals and whole nations. King James' Britain was that of Shakespeare, John Donne, and the Pilgrim Fathers. King James himself, the initiator and sponsor of this monumental work of scholarship, was a difficult and contradictory character motivated by two main religious obsessions: to prove the divine right of kings, and to combat witchcraft. The results of his initiative remain with us today in a translation that is still regarded by many English-speaking Christians as the definitive version of the Scriptures.

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The publication of the King James Bible was a landmark in the history of the English language, and an inspiration to poets, dramatists, artists and politicians. Without the King James Bible there would have been no Paradise Lost, no Pilgrim's Progress, no Handel's Messiah. Yet, more than a literary or even a religious influence, it was perceived and used as a social, economic and political text. Those seeking to overthrow the English monarchy and those wanting to retain it both sought support from the same Bible. So how did this remarkable translation come to be written? To answer this question is to throw open the doors of a world which was being transformed by the new technology of printing, a world where church and state were still closely entwined, and where differences in religious interpretation had dire consequences for individuals and whole nations. King James' Britain was that of Shakespeare, John Donne, and the Pilgrim Fathers. King James himself, the initiator and sponsor of this monumental work of scholarship, was a difficult and contradictory character motivated by two main religious obsessions: to prove the divine right of kings, and to combat witchcraft. The results of his initiative remain with us today in a translation that is still regarded by many English-speaking Christians as the definitive version of the Scriptures.
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The King James Bible was a landmark in the history of the English language, and an inspiration to poets, dramatists, artists and politicians. Without the King James Bible there would have been no Paradise Lost, no Pilgrim's Progress, no Handel's Messiah. Yet more than a literary, even more than a religious influence, it was seen as a social, economic and political text. Those seeking to overthrow the English monarchy and those wanting to retain it, both sought support from the same Bible. So how did this remarkable translation come to be written? To answer this question is to throw open the doors of a world which was being transformed by the new technology of printing. In reading about the greatest English text ever produced we must close our eyes to our own world in which books are plentiful and readily available and enter another, very different universe...
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The King James Bible was a landmark in the history of the English language, and an inspiration to poets, dramatists, artists and politicians. This is the story of the King James Bible, set against the backdrop of its contemporary history.
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Alister E Mcgrath

Scientist, and former atheist, turned internationally-regarded theologian and prolific author, Revd Professor Alister McGrath, (D.Phil (Oxon), earned D.D. (Oxon) has been appointed to the newly created Chair in Theology, Ministry and Education at King's College, London. Formerly he was Professor of Historical Theology, and Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford.

He is a world-renowned theologian, and is the author of numerous bestselling titles including The Christian Theology Reader; Theology; Christianity: An Introduction; A Brief History of Heaven, and Dawkins' God .

McGrath is an Evangelical on the cutting edge of the interface between Theology and Science, and Theology within post-modern culture as indicated by his most recent publications A Fine-Tuned Universe? Anthropic Phenomena and Natural Theology(2009),The Dawkins Delusion? Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine and The Open Secret: A New Vision for Natural Theology.
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5 stars By Matt Kelly, Aug 11 2008
As always with Alister McGrath, this book is well researched and well written. The non-prejudiced style of this book makes it a fair and valid account of the history of the King James, with all the great things about this wonderful Bible, but also the few hiccups. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Christian History and the Histroy of the English Bible in particular.
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  • Catalogue Code 176411
  • Product Code 0340785853
  • EAN 9780340785850
  • Pages 352
  • Department Academic
  • Category Scripture
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
  • Publication Date Mar 2002
  • Sales Rank #22990
  • Dimensions 197 x 130 x 23 mm
  • Weight 0.225kg

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