A History of the English Bible as Literature

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Cambridge University Press, 29.5.2000 - 484 sivua
Revised and condensed from David Norton's acclaimed A History of the Bible as Literature, this book, first published in 2000, tells the story of English literary attitudes to the Bible. At first jeered at and mocked as English writing, then denigrated as having 'all the disadvantages of an old prose translation', the King James Bible somehow became 'unsurpassed in the entire range of literature'. How so startling a change happened and how it affected the making of modern translations such as the Revised Version and the New English Bible is at the heart of this exploration of a vast range of religious, literary and cultural ideas. Translators, writers such as Donne, Milton, Bunyan and the Romantics, reactionary Bishops and radical students all help to show the changes in religious ideas and in standards of language and literature that created our sense of the most important book in English.
 

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CREATORS OF ENGLISH
1
ROLLES PSALTER AND THE WYCLIF BIBLE
5
WILLIAM TYNDALE
10
JOHN CHEKE AND THE INKHORN
26
MYLES COVERDALE
29
FROM THE GREAT BIBLE TO THE RHEIMSDOUAI BIBLE ARGUMENTS ABOUT LANGUAGE
35
OPPOSING CAMPS
39
DOES THE VERBAL FORM MATTER?
53
THE KJB IN LITERARY DISCUSSIONS OF THE BIBLE
251
REVISION OR SUPERSTITIOUS VENERATION
259
RANCOROUS REASON AND BROUHAHA
262
WRITERS AND THE BIBLE 2 THE ROMANTICS
272
WILLIAM BLAKE AND THE POETIC GENIUS
275
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH AND THE POSSIBILITY OF A NEW LITERARY SENSE OF THE BIBLE
279
SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE AND THE LIVING EDUCTS OF THE IMAGINATION
281
PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY AND SCRIPTURE AS A COMPOSITION
287

THE KING JAMES BIBLE
56
RULES TO MEET THE CHALLENGE
60
THE PREFACE
63
BOISS NOTES
70
CONCLUSION
72
BROUGHTONS LAST WORD
73
LITERARY IMPLICATIONS OF BIBLE PRESENTATION
76
JOHN LOCKES CRITICISM OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE TEXT
87
THE STRUGGLE FOR ACCEPTANCE
89
THE FAILURE OF REVISION
94
QUOTING THE GOOD BOOK
103
THE LITERARY RECEPTION
107
THE PSALTER IN VERSE AND POETRY
115
A GREAT PREJUDICE TO THE NEW
121
VERSE EPITOMES OF THE BIBLE
125
IDEAS OF BIBLICAL POETRY
126
THE SIDNEY PSALMS
128
GEORGE WITHER AND THE PSALTER
131
THE ELOQUENTEST BOOKS IN THE WORLD
140
DIVINE INSPIRATION
147
JOHN DONNE
150
CONQUERING THE CLASSICS
152
CONFLICT OVER THE BIBLE AS A MODEL FOR STYLE
156
THE BIBLE DISPUTED RHYMED SUNG AND JANGLED
165
WIT ATHEISM AND THE SAD CASE OF THOMAS AIKENHEAD
167
WRITERS AND THE BIBLE 1 MILTON AND BUNYAN
174
JOHN MILTON
175
JOHN BUNYAN
183
THE EARLY EIGHTEENTH CENTURY AND THE KING JAMES BIBLE
188
JOHN HUSBANDS
202
ANTHONY BLACKWALL
207
A KIND OF STANDARD FOR LANGUAGE TO THE COMMON PEOPLE
210
MIDCENTURY
218
UNCOUTH HARSH AND OBSOLETE
229
THE CRITICAL RISE OF THE KING JAMES BIBLE
242
LOWTH AND THE ENGLISH BIBLE
245
MYTHS ARISE
247
GEORGE CAMPBELL AND THE KJB AS A LITERARY EXAMPLE
249
LORD BYRON
290
A BIBLE FOR THE ROMANTIC READER
292
CHARLOTTE BRONTË AND THE INFLUENCE OF THE KJB
295
LITERARY DISCUSSION TO MIDVICTORIAN TIMES
299
AN INSPIRED TRANSLATION
309
THE KJB AS A LITERARY INFLUENCE
312
PARALLELISM REVISITED
319
GEORGE GILFILLAN AND THE LESSON OF INFINITE BEAUTY
323
THE REVISED VERSION
327
THE PREFACE TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
332
EVIDENCE FROM THE NEW TESTAMENT REVISERS
335
AN ENGLISH ACCOUNT OF CHANGES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
336
THE NEW TESTAMENT REVISERS AT WORK
339
THE RECEPTION OF THE NEW TESTAMENT
341
THE PREFACE TO THE OLD TESTAMENT
344
AN AMERICAN ACCOUNT OF CHANGES IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
347
NOTES FROM THE FIRST REVISION OF GENESIS
349
CONCLUSION
351
DIALECT VERSIONS
352
THE BIBLE AS LITERATURE
358
THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION AND SCHOOL BIBLE READING
363
MATTHEW ARNOLD
368
RICHARD MOULTON AND LITERARY MORPHOLOGY
371
ANTHOLOGISTS
376
PRESENTING THE TEXT AS LITERATURE
381
THE LATER REPUTATION OF THE KING JAMES BIBLE
387
FUNDAMENTALISTS AND THE GODGIVEN TRANSLATION
397
MODERN AVOLATRY
400
THE SHAKESPEAREAN TOUCH
404
DISSENTING VOICES
407
THE HEBREW INHERITANCE AND THE VIRTUES OF LITERALISM
420
THE NEW ENGLISH BIBLE
430
RECEPTION
439
A PRINCELY EPILOGUE
452
BIBLIOGRAPHY
456
GENERAL INDEX
463
BIBLICAL INDEX
471
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