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The King James Bible : Christianity's definitive text
Corzine, Phyllis, 1943-
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San Diego, CA : Lucent Books, 2000.
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96 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Traces the history of the King James Bible discussing how it came to be translated, the scholars involved, the sources used, and the seven years of work that produced, in 1611, a new version of the Bible that has been praised as "the noblest monument of English prose."
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BS188 .C67 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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One of the most influential and beautiful books ever written in the English language, the King James Bible has never faded in importance. It can be found in homes and bookstores worldwide, graced by rhythms of speech and imagery that remain part of the language today.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-A carefully researched, matter-of-fact history. Corzine begins with a brief account of the religious dissension that developed in Europe over abuses in the practices of the Roman Catholic Church and how John Wyclif became inspired to produce a translation of the Bible into Middle English in the 14th century. The author details the Protestant Reformation that soon followed, and the new versions of the sacred text that were brought forth in the vernacular language of Early Modern English by William Tyndale, Miles Coverdale, John Rogers, and Puritan scholars in Geneva, among others. Believing that these versions were corrupt and untrue, King James I of England commissioned a group of 47 scholars to prepare a new translation, subsequently known as the King James Version. In a clear and lively writing style, the author discusses the principal figures involved, gives interesting sidelights on the religious and political environment of the times, and offers enlightening comparisons of the same passages among various translations, emphasizing language development. Occasional black-and-white illustrations include small reproductions of pages from the various texts and prints and engravings of the personages involved. A concise and authoritative resource.-Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.