The First English Bible: The Text and Context of the Wycliffite Versions by Mary DoveThe First English Bible: The Text and Context of the Wycliffite Versions by Mary Dove

The First English Bible: The Text and Context of the Wycliffite Versions

byMary Dove

Paperback | March 3, 2011

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The Bible was translated into English for the first time in the late 1300s by John Wyclif and his supporters. In the first study of the Wycliffite Bible for nearly a century, Mary Dove explains why people wanted an English translation, why many clergy opposed the idea, and why the Church's attempt to censor the translation was unsuccessful. Based on intensive study of the surviving manuscripts, Dove takes the reader through every step of the conception, design and execution of the first English Bible. Illuminating examples are included at every point, and textual analyses and a complete listing of surviving manuscripts are appended. Despite the meagre and inadequate resources with which the Wycliffites carried through their enormous enterprise, and the disagreements and changes of direction it involved, Dove demonstrates that the first English Bible initiated a tradition of scholarly, stylish and thoughtful biblical translation, and remains a major cultural landmark.
Title:The First English Bible: The Text and Context of the Wycliffite VersionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:334 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.75 inPublished:March 3, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:052117547X

ISBN - 13:9780521175470

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. The Bible debate; 2. Censorship; 3. The translators; 4. The Canonical Scriptures; 5. The English prologues; 6. The text; 7. The effects; Appendix 1. Contents of the Wycliffite Bible; Appendix 2. Additions and select emendations to the text of LV in WB; Appendix 3. Textual scholarship: select readings; Appendix 4. Descriptions of select Wycliffite Bible manuscripts; Bibliography; Index of manuscripts of the Wycliffite Bible; General index.

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Review of the hardback: 'Considerably more manuscripts survive of [the Wycliffite Bible] in whole or in part (c.250) ... than of any other Middle English text. This already gives good reason to welcome this new study, the first book-length treatment for nearly 90 years. But more than that, Dove's approach, detail and scholarship make this an authoritative volume.' Journal for the Study of the Old Testament