In Discordance with the Scriptures: American Protestant Battles Over Translating the Bible

Paperback | May 15, 2002

byPeter J. Thuesen

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The story of the translation of the Bible in America begins with the King James Version. In fact, many Americans thought of the KJV as the foundational text of the Republic, rather than a cultural inheritance from Anglican Britain. In the nineteenth century, however, as new editions of theGreek New Testament appeared, scholars increasingly recognized significant errors and inconsistencies in the KJV. This soon 1ed to the Bible revision movement, whose goal was the uniting of all English-speaking Protestants behind one new, improved version of the Bible. Ironically, as Peter Thuesenshows in this fascinating history, the revision movement in fact resulted in a vast proliferation of English scripture editions and an enduring polarization of American Christians over versions of Holy Writ. The recurrent controversies over Bible translations, he argues, tell us less about thelinguistic issues dividing conservatives and liberals than about the theological assumptions they have long held in common.

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The story of the translation of the Bible in America begins with the King James Version. In fact, many Americans thought of the KJV as the foundational text of the Republic, rather than a cultural inheritance from Anglican Britain. In the nineteenth century, however, as new editions of theGreek New Testament appeared, scholars increasi...

Peter J. Thuesen is Associate Professor of religious studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 5.98 × 9.09 × 0.98 inPublished:May 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019515228X

ISBN - 13:9780195152289

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Sharper than Any Two-Edged Sword: The Bible in Modern American Protestantism1. The Blood of the Martyr: History, Hagiography, and the Consecration of the English Bible2. Coronation of "King Truth": Bible Revision and Late Nineteenth-Century Imagination3. Scripture for the Ecumenical Church: Liberal Protestants and the Making of the RSV Bible4. The Great RSV Controversy: Bible-Burning, Red-Hunting, and the Strange Specter of Unholy Scripture5. The Virgin Text: Evangelicals and Liberals in the Quest for an Undefiled BookEpilogue: Virginity Lost, Virginity Regained? Translation and Scripturalism since 1965

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"A veritable cornucopia of insights into Protestant Bible translation in particular and nineteenth- and twentieth-century American Protestantism in general." Books and Culture