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The Holy Bible King James Version: King James Version Paperback – January 8, 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Hendrickson Pub; First Edition edition (January 8, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565633253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565633254
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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50 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 31, 2005
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I have a couple of deluxe-edition Bibles given to me as confirmation gifts that see little use. As a compulsive underliner and annotator, I just can't bring myself to vandalize a leather-bound Bible with gilded parchment pages. This "pulp fiction" production of the King James translation, on the other hand, is just the ticket to guilt-free consumption for those of us who take "active" reading to the extreme. It's cheap, disposable and easily replaceable; it adds very little weight, takes even less space in my book bag. As for the translation, the King James is the only way to go for those of us take literature seriously and prize metaphor as the analog for apprehension of the non-verbal. For "accuracy" of translation, I'm still partial to the Revised Standard (New Revised, if need be) but have yet to find a working man's copy as serviceable as this one. (Warning: the print is quite petite.)
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Carol Chung on September 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
A bible is a bible except:

1. The letter size is so tiny (Times Roman 6 or 7 points) that you need a reading glasses. My other bible bought at amazon was in giant letter size, 16 points. So obviously you should check the letter size first before placing an order.

2. In paperback form; the pages are easy to tear.
If you want to buy it for someone else like a convert, I would recommend a more *readable* and durable copy.

3. The delivery time was decent; the book condition was new as in seller's comments.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Daisy HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on January 30, 2010
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Pros:
Only one: Price is reasonable.
Cons:
The smallest print of any larger Bible that I have ever seen.
Print too small to read!
The old saying "You get what you pay for!" is so true. Why waste your money on a small print large Bible? Spend a couple more dollars for a larger print Bible.
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90 of 136 people found the following review helpful By Flewellyn on April 3, 2010
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The language is rather lovely, and poetic, although portions of the book do appear to resort to excessive synopsis. The third and fourth chapters, in particular, are guilty of this, with the third being a drab list of rules and regulations presented without elaboration, in a sort of authorial filibuster, and the fourth being a litany of tedious revenge fantasies. Some of the later chapters are quite interesting, and there's a lovely romantic interlude, but the tendency towards authorial filibuster doesn't completely disappear.

Also, the main character is a bit inconsistent, sometimes appearing kind and loving, while other times wrathful and vengeful. This dichotomy could be an interesting plot device, but alas the book never goes into detail about why the disparity exists. We are simply left to wonder at it, or just figure "that's how it is". Frustrating.

The book does suffer a bit from uneven editing, as well. For instance, there's a fascinating tale about a golden bull statue, which is unaccountably buried in between two tedious and nearly identical descriptions of carpentry. What's the deal? I admit that editing such a large work can be trying, but surely such duplication should be easy to avoid!

Overall, though, it's not bad. I am rather disappointed that the publishers chose to bundle the inferior and hackneyed sequel with the groundbreaking and innovative original, however. Really, if the sequel can't stand on its own merits, why include it at all?
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87 of 134 people found the following review helpful By the red badger on September 23, 2008
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I picked this up because I heard it advertised as the Gospel, which translates to "good news." It opens up by telling the reader how the human race is doomed because two poorly developed characters ate an apple that a snake told them to eat. That's not good news.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alec on September 3, 2013
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It's a good book for a nice price. I can keep this edition stowed in my car for a rainy day, and keep my nicer bible safe inside.
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21 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Person on July 19, 2010
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The Holy Bible is a slyly-written fantasy book which could be fun for people of all ages, if it weren't for several factors:

1. Too much exposition: Unfortunately, the from the beginning, the book gets bogged down in far too much exposition - often to the point of redundancy.

2. Incoherent writing style: The writing style is not at all coherent - portions of the book seem to be written by very different authors. In my opinion, the author may suffer from an advanced form of multiple-personality disorder.

3. Historical inaccuracies: The book is filled with historical inaccuracies to the point that young people might become confused as to the actual nature of history. While this often is common in fantasy books, most books tend to have a fantasy world setting, whereas this book is set on on our own Earth, much like the esteemed Lord of the Rings trilogy (and other related books).

4. Confusing storyline: In some portions of the book, the main character, God, contradicts himself and his own rules - if the book is going to set up rules for its fantasy world, it should probably stick to them. ---SPOILER ALERT--- In the very first chapter, there are two accounts of "creation".

5. Subject matter: This book contains more violence than similar fantasy novels, and includes themes such as rape and incest, which should be considered out of the realm of normal for teens and younger children.

If it weren't for the various problems listed above, this would be a top-notch fantasy book, on-par with CS Lewis's Narnia books or Tolkien's Middle Earth books.
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