By David Norton
A background of the English Bible as Literature (revised and condensed from the author's acclaimed heritage of the Bible as Literature CUP, 1993) explores years of non secular and literary rules. At its middle is the tale of ways the King James Bible went from being mocked as English writing to being "unsurpassed within the whole variety of literature." It stories the Bible translators, writers akin to Milton and Bunyan who contributed loads to our feel of the Bible, and a desirable diversity of critics and commentators.
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Opposing camps The Geneva Bible The Bible and Holy Scriptures contained in the Old and New Testament. Translated according to the Hebrew and Greek, and conferred with the best translations in divers languages. With most proﬁtable annotations upon all the hard places, and other things of great importance as may appear in the Epistle to the Reader. Such is the full title of the Geneva Version of the Bible (), prepared, probably under the leadership of William Whittingham (c.
DT, pp. –) This is a defence against the prevailing view that English cannot properly express the Latin meaning because it lacks the features of Latin grammar, and because it is an aesthetically inferior language. Most of Tyndale’s reply is to the ﬁrst point: he concedes the grammatical diﬀerences between English and Latin, and the consequent diﬃculties of translation, but argues that Greek to some extent and Hebrew to a huge extent are grammatically and syntactically compatible with English.
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).
A History of the English Bible as Literature (2000) (A History of the Bible as Literature) by David Norton