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The People's Bible: The Remarkable History of the King James Version by Derek Wilson

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List Price: £14.99


Hardcover: 224 Pages.

Published: 22 October 2010 by Lion Hudson Plc

Edition: New edition

ISBN: 0745953514

EAN: 9780745953519

In 1611 a book was published which would become the most familiar and widely read in the world: the King James Bible. For centuries it has been a religious and literary classic. But how did this 'noblest monument of English prose', in Robert Lowth's famous words, come to be? In the 13th century England was the only country in Europe to ban explicitly the translation of the Bible into the vernacular. For centuries, English Bibles were burned and translators executed. Guiding us through the forces that shaped King James' masterpiece, Derek Wilson explores the immense transformation of religion and society that led to its origin, tells the history of its making, and celebrates the breadth of its unparalleled influence. The story that unfolds will captivate all who enjoy history, religion, literature, or language.


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Very readable overview

This book provides an overview of the history of the Bible in English concentrating on the King James version. It touches on what was available before, the good and bad things about the KJ version, how it was created, why it was so popular and what alternatives became available later. It also attempts to explain the enduring appeal of this version and its contribution to English literature and writings.

This is a very readable account which covers all the areas above in sufficient, but not too much, detail. This book is ideal for the general reader but a scholar would require much more depth.

I enjoyed this book. It gave me plenty to think about and gave me lots of new insights. I would have liked a bit more detail about the use of the KJ version in literature and its influence but there was plenty of other information. If you have even a passing interest in this subject you may well enjoy this book.

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