The Book of Books: The Radical Impact of the King James Bible by Melvyn Bragg

The Book of Books: The Radical Impact of the King James Bible

byMelvyn Bragg

Kobo ebook | April 7, 2011

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The Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller celebrating 400 years of the King James Bible.

The King James Bible has often been called the Book of Books both in itself and in what it stands for. Since its publication in 1611 it has been the best selling book in the world, and many believe, had the greatest impact. The King James Bible has spread the Protestant faith. It has also been the greatest influence on the enrichment of the English language and its literature. It has been the Bible of wars from the British Civil War in the seventeenth century to the American Civil War two centuries later and it has been carried into battle in innumerable conflicts since then. Its influence on social movements - particularly involving women in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries - and politics was profound. It was crucial to the growth of democracy. It was integral to the abolition of slavery and it defined attitudes to modern science, education and sex. As THE ADVENTURE OF ENGLISH explored the history of our language, so THE BOOK OF BOOKS reveals the extraordinary and still-felt impact of a work created over 400 years ago.

Title:The Book of Books: The Radical Impact of the King James BibleFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 7, 2011Publisher:Hodder & StoughtonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:184894909X

ISBN - 13:9781848949096

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from The book on the Books of Books is a boring book The book on the Books of Books is a boring book. I was looking forward to this read to better understand how one book could influence a world. Be it standardization of the English language, protestant religion or influencing the creation of the United States – the King James Bible is a good story and important piece of history. Bragg does this, sort of. Unfortunately I find his story line hard to follow, there seems to be a lot of filler to flesh out requisite number pages and his arguments are not compelling. I ended up skipping and skimming large parts of the read. Biblical scholars will probably enjoy this book about the Book of Books more than us laymen.
Date published: 2014-04-18