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KJV New Cambridge Paragraph Bible with the Apocrypha: Burgundy Hardcover Edition Hardcover – June 1, 2006

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"This scholarly work will likely be of great interest to historical scholars of the Bible, not to mention aficionados of the King James Version."
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Book Description

The standard editions of the 1611 King James Bible currently available give, with little variation, the text as established by the Oxford edition of 1769. In this new edition the KJV text has been collated with the translators' original work in order to give the reader as closely as possible the exact text that the translators decided on. It has also been given consistent modern spelling and presentation in order to make it easier to read and study than standard editions.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1856 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521843863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521843867
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 2 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,150,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Marcus on April 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I ordered my copy direct from CUP as I couldn't wait for this edition to make its USA appearance. I have been reading it now for several weeks and am impressed with David Norton's work.

I will leave it to scholars to determine whether Norton has achieved his primary goals concerning the restoration of the 1611 text and the technical aspects of his editing. I can tell you that he has achieved his goal of producing a text that is more accessible and readable to the general reader. The text reads fresh and alive. I have been reading and studying the King James Bible for over 30 years and this edition is a delight for the experienced reader. It should also make the KJB more accessible to first time readers. Norton suggests that readers will get the original 1611 text with only the "background noise" removed. I believe he has achieved this goal.

One reviewer has suggested that the text has been modernized with the thee's and thou's removed. Apparently this reviewer wrote without the distraction of the actual text before them, as all the thee's and thou's remain, along with all the wot's and whatnot. "Thou wouldst" does not become "you would". Only the spelling and punctuation has been modernized, along the lines suggested by the excellent review by P. Comninos below.

The physical book is outstanding: cloth over boards, signature bound, beautiful paper and typography--exactly what you would expect from Cambridge. This Bible is a delight to the senses as well as the soul. The only drawback I see is that this edition is a bit bulky to use as a personal study bible. Its size and weight (as well as price) suggest a library edition. I hope Cambridge will quickly come out with a variety of editions in a variety of bindings and price points. The New Cambridge Paragraph Bible has the potential to extend the readership and appreciation of the KJB; it would be a shame to see it become only a scholar's Bible.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Karen A. Keil on February 14, 2006
Format: Leather Bound
I don't know what translation the previous reviewer is reading, unless it is the NEW KING JAMES VERSION (which does say "wineskins" in Matt. 9:17, Mark 2:22, Luke 5:37), but the regular King James Version (not this one) off my bookshelf says "bottles" in each of the three verses above. David Norton did not change the wording.

My understanding is that this is a King James Version as the 1611 translators intended it without all the arbitrary changes, errors and typos made by various printers over the centuries, put into slightly modernized English and in paragraphs for easier reading.

I don't have this Bible yet but do have the 1873 Cambridge Paragraph Bible which followed along the same route (getting at the original translation text as it came from the translators themselves). David Norton has the advantage today of computer technology and access to original translator manuscripts as well as some other KJV materials not available to Dr. F. H. A. Scrivener in his seven years of research from 1866-1873.

You can get the 1873 Cambridge Paragraph Bible text in the Zondervan's KJV Study Bible. Zondervan has chosen to print its KJV Bibles using this 1873 KJV text. Read the Preface in their KJV Study Bible.

As for this New Cambridge Paragraph Bible, you can see some of the text at this link: [...]
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By R. Tarbell on January 24, 2007
Format: Leather Bound Verified Purchase
The New Cambridge Paragraph Bible is what I have long waited for. The text of the King James Bible is printed in paragraph form, with one column on each page (like a normal book), instead of the typical two columns per page which most Bibles have. I have never seen a King James version of the Bible printed this way. In the 1960s the New English Bible and the Jerusalem Bible were printed in one column with proper paragraphing. Some versions of the New American Standard bible are still published this way. Otherwise the norm is two columns, which frankly makes the text very hard to read for long periods of time. The NCPB is the only way that I know of that you can get the King James in the single column format. Hurrah! I am very grateful.

It has some other features which might, or might not, be pleasing to serious readers of the King James Bible. In addition to the paragraphing, it has modern punctuation, including quotation marks when people, or God, are speaking. The King James has traditionally not had this, because quotation marks had not been invented when it was originally translated. Also, the italics, which the original translators used when they were kind of guessing how to translate a word or phrase into English, are now gone. I do not miss them, but some people will. Finally, modern spelling has been applied. This is not as dramatic as you might fear. After all, the spelling which you are accustomed to seeing in the King James is not the original spelling from the year 1611. Most KJ Bibles have spellings updated to the year 1769 (yes, 1769), when the KJ became more or less fixed, and which is very different from the 1611 original.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By T. W. on September 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I applaud the great care evident in Norton's work, but I have two broad concerns with this edition of the 1611 Bible: excessive modernization, and omissions.

First, the modernization issue. In an earlier version of this review, I wrote, "Norton's modernization principles are aggressive but accomplish exactly the freshening they intend. In that respect, they are very comparable to the principles used in the modernization of the Oxford Shakespeare. To extend that comparison, I'd say that Norton's omissions are much as if the Oxford Shakespeare omitted those stage directions known to derive from Shakespeare himself." (See below for the omissions.) Since then, I've read the whole of Norton's "Textual History" companion volume, where Norton states explicitly that he has gone beyond the Oxford Shakespeare's principles (p. 143 n. 8) in modernizing the translators' seventeenth-century English.

I submit that the result can no longer be considered the translators' own English. For example, in Genesis 25:29, "Jacob sod pottage" has become "Jacob seethed pottage" (perhaps a new, twenty-first-century expression). "Submissly" has become "submissively" (Ecclus. 29:5; Norton's companion claims this is comparable to "knowen" vs. "known," which I can't accept). "Astrologians" have become "astrologers" (Daniel 2:27). "Mistook" has become "mistaken." "Lift" has become "lifted" (Job 31:22). Some will see this list and be grateful for Norton's update to contemporary word forms: the NCPB is for you, although perhaps you'd like more of the same by reading the RSV.
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