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The Bible: Authorized King James Version (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – May 15, 2008
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"The World's Classics Bible [is] a quite extraordinary success. It is learned but entirely accessible, full of fascinating information... and executed with great skill and enthusiasm."--Frank Kermode
"This is the best text for reading that is linked to prayer, both from its associations and from its lovely language ... it is happy that at Easter 1997 there should be a new printing of the greatest of English religious texts."--Owen Chadwick, The Observer
"Superbly readable notes by its editors."--Boyd Tonkin, The Independent
"This is an edition which every booklover deserves to have."--Scotland on Sunday
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Robert Carroll has taught Semitic languages and the Hebrew/English Bible for 30 years at Glasgow University, where he is Professor of Hebrew Bible and Semitic Studies.
Stephen Prickett has held the Chair of English at the Australian National University in Canberra, and has taught at Sussex and Minnesota Universities and Smith College, Massachusetts. He is currently Regius Professor of English Literature at Glasgow University.
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I wish that they made this available in a hardcover without the Michelangelo on the cover though.
The editors' Introduction is of historical interest. There are good comments on the different arrangement of the Hebrew Bible (for Christians the Old Testament) and the Christian Old Testament. In the earliest editions of the Christian Bible,the Apocrypha Books (Judith, Tobit or Tobias, Baruch, Ecclesiasticus,not to be confused with Ecclesiastes, Wisdom, and I Maccabees and II Maccabees)were part of the Christian Bible for over a thousand years. Readers should note that for political and religious reasons, this rearrangement was made by 400 AD.
Another point the editors made in the introduction was that the KJV and other editions of the Bible were based on what might be called layers of translations. Much of the Hebrew Bible was originally written in Hebrew and Aramaic. The editors speculate that Hebrew, the oldest known biblical language, may have been introduced to the Ancient Hebrews from other Mesopotamian peoples. The first known translation of the Hebrew Bible or most of it was made between c. 287-247 BC whereby the Hebrew was translated into Greek. This translation was known as the Septuagint and exposed the Hebrew Bible to larger readership.Read more ›
I have owned my copy for 4 years, and I use it regularly. The first problem I had was the size of the book. It is so thick, it is almost cube-like in appearance. The thickness makes the book cumbersome to handle. Second, the paperback binding is weak. The entire Gospel of Luke has liberated from the binding. I have glued it back several times. Each time a few more pages come loose.
Then, the entire KJV is reproduced with its well-known features: an introduction which describes the spirit and method of the translation, a summary of the each page's contents at the top and an interesting rendering of words which were inserted by the translators to make the reading more smooth in italics.
This edition includes the Apocrypha (the books that were considered deutorocanonical and eventually removed from the KJV Bible) - another feature that the more religious readers may find objectionable. However, to present a scholarly overview of the Bible, this is a must, especially as the Apocrypha is almost the length of the New Testament. To portray historic continuity, the Apocrypha is placed in between the two testaments.
The volume ends with notes on each book in the Bible, in the order of this edition. It is here that the naturalistic and historical point of view is best seen. However, religious readers will find plenty of points of interest here as well.
Due to the completeness of the edition, it's almost like a stand-alone intellectual presentation of the Bible.
Great value as there's so much content and unless you're a very devout believer this edition is perfect!
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The books where an excellent buy. I am happy to have found them on Amazon.Published 3 months ago by Dilinda Adams - Author
What I expected. Pages aren't extremely thin which is nice. Minus one star because the binding is very weak for such a large book. It will most likely fall apart in a few yearsPublished 5 months ago by Jonathan Cook
Very detailed and its just what others have described. Although thicker than expected.Published 5 months ago by Pascual Bencosme
Lots of very interesting information in the front of the Bible for someone who is looking for historical information. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer