A History of the English Bible as Literature (A History of by David Norton

By David Norton

A heritage of the English Bible as Literature (revised and condensed from the author's acclaimed historical past of the Bible as Literature CUP, 1993) explores years of spiritual and literary rules. At its middle is the tale of the way the King James Bible went from being mocked as English writing to being "unsurpassed within the complete diversity of literature." It reviews the Bible translators, writers akin to Milton and Bunyan who contributed a lot to our feel of the Bible, and a desirable variety of critics and commentators.

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However, the continuation of the paragraph suggests that the praise would have had little of the literary in it: and therefore I thought it better for me to hold my tongue, than with few words to praise or comment it; exhorting thee, most dear reader, so to love it, so to cleave unto it, and so to follow it in thy daily conversation [conduct], that other men, seeing thy good works and the fruits of the Holy Ghost in thee, may praise the Father of heaven and give his word a good report: for to live after the law of God and to lead a virtuous conversation is the greatest praise that thou canst give unto his doctrine.

Creators of English English. His care above all was for accuracy in representing the originals, then for clarity (which might sometimes have to be achieved through glossing since he tried to avoid expanding or contracting the original), lastly for fidelity to his sense of the proprieties of English grammar and vocabulary. There is only one explicit suggestion that he considered matters of style beyond the proprieties, his use of ‘well-favouredly’: any further sense of his bringing aesthetic considerations to his work must be deduced from literary criticism of his translation carried out with due awareness of the context within which he worked.

William Tyndale  ). The most revealing English use comes in the KJB’s rendering of Psalm  which calls its reader to ‘worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness’ (v. ), and then builds up a description of ‘the voice of the Lord’, including this: ‘the voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty’ (v. ). This could be read as a description of the Bible, since the Bible is the voice of the Lord. ‘Majesty’, it seems from the parallelism, connotes power: it is part of ‘the beauty of holiness’ (a phrase the KJB uses several times).

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