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Books on English Bible history

Discussion in 'Books & Publications Forum' started by Logos1560, Mar 29, 2005.

  1. Logos1560

    Logos1560 Active Member

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    In the last few years, several new books about the history of our English Bible have been published. Have any here read any of them?

    Bobrick, Benson. WIDE AS THE WATERS: THE STORY
    OF THE ENGLISH BIBLE AND THE REVOLUTION IT INSPIRED. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001.

    Daniell, David. THE BIBLE IN ENGLISH: ITS HISTORY AND INFLUENCE. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003.

    McGrath, Alister. IN THE BEGINNING: THE STORY OF THE KING JAMES BIBLE AND HOW IT CHANGED A NATION, A LANGUAGE, AND A CULTURE. New York: Doubleday, 2001.

    Nicolson, Adam. GOD'S SECRETARIES: THE MAKING OF THE KING JAMES BIBLE. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2003.

    Norton, David. A TEXTUAL HISTORY OF THE KING JAMES BIBLE. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005.
     
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    I have the Alister McGrath book. What I have read so far seems good.
     
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    I have read all five of these books, and all
    five have some interesting information. The most detailed and longest is the one by David Daniell with around 900 pages. Daniell's is perhaps my overall favorite of the five with the one by McGrath perhaps second.

    Norton's book is mainly limited to the KJV
    and does not have a history of the earlier English Bibles leading up to the KJV. Norton's
    book is mainly based on the research that leads
    up to Norton's editing of a new 2005 edition of
    the KJV: the NEW CAMBRIDGE PARAGRAPH BIBLE. Much of Norton's book is appendixes, listing differences between different editions of the KJV.
     
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    sorry ooops
     
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    I've read the McGrath book. In fact, somewhere in the archives is a review of it. As they say, two thumbs up\five stars.
     
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    I am half-way through both Nicolson's and McGrath's. They really give fantastic insight into the political and church issues at the time. Fascinating stuff.

    An older yet excellent book that deals with English Bible history is "A General View of the History of the English Bible" by B.F. Westcott.
     
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