Bible: The Story of the King James Version 1611-2011

Paperback | September 11, 2011

byGordon Campbell

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This is a history of the King James Version of the Bible (known in Britain as the Authorised Version) over the four hundred years from its remote beginnings to the present day. Gordon Campbell, expert in Renaissance literatures, tells the fascinating and complex story of how this translation came to be commissioned, of who the translators were, and of how the translation was accomplished. The story does not end with the printing of that first edition, but introduces thesubsequent generations who edited and interacted with the text. The present text of the King James Version differs in thousands of small details from the original edition. Campbell traces the textual history from 1611 to the establishment of the modern text by Oxford University Press in 1769. Attitudes to the King James Version have shifted through time and territory, ranging from adulation to deprecation and attracting the attention of a wide variety of adherents. It is more widely read in America today than in any other country, and its particular history in there is given dueattention. Generously illustrated with reproductions taken from early editions, this volume helps to explain the enduring popularity of the King James Version throughout the world today.

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This is a history of the King James Version of the Bible (known in Britain as the Authorised Version) over the four hundred years from its remote beginnings to the present day. Gordon Campbell, expert in Renaissance literatures, tells the fascinating and complex story of how this translation came to be commissioned, of who the translat...

Gordon Campbell is Professor of Renaissance Studies at Leicester University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.68 inPublished:September 11, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199693013

ISBN - 13:9780199693016

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Bible in English2. The Commissioning of the KJV3. Translators and Translating4. The Translation5. The First Edition6. The Seventeenth Century7. The Eighteenth Century8. The Nineteenth Century9. The Bible in America10. The Cambridge Paragraph Bibles11. The Revised Version12. The Early Twentieth Century13. The KJV in the Modern WorldAppendix 1: The Companies and Later RevisersAppendix 2: The Preliminaries to the KJVFurther ReadingIndex

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`A fascinating read.' Church of England Newspaper