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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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Alister McGrath is Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Oxford and Principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He is a leading authority on the history of Christian thought, especially in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and is the author of many studies in this field.Review:
An entertaining and informed book.Daily Telegraph A straightforward, stirring, mercifully unsubtle account of a cultural icon we take for granted.The Times Illuminating and fascinating - how rich a past the Bible has, how little most of us know about it, and how well Alister McGrath makes all things clear.Fay Weldon
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Book Description Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, 2002. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0340785853
Book Description Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, 2002. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110340785853