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Visual History of the King James Bible, A: The Dramatic Story of the World's Best-Known Translation Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 283 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080101347X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801013478
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #682,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For 400 years the King James Version of the Holy Bible has been the most influential book to be published in the English language. Now Bible collector and expert Donald L. Brake brings to life the fascinating story of its creation and proliferation throughout the English-speaking world. With beautiful and informative photos, illustrations, charts, and sidebars, Brake invites you to explore the KJV's mysterious beginnings, the men who translated it, the manuscripts on which this translation was based, the important people and places that influenced its production, and even the possibility of Shakespeare's influence on it.

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Discover what has made the King James Version endure for four centuries

"Facts, historical background, wonderful photos, and personal experiences are woven together in this first-rate story of the King James Bible. Guaranteed to deepen your appreciation of the English Bible."--Charles C. Ryrie, editor, Ryrie Study Bible

"Here is a creative masterpiece from a reputable scholar, verifying God's Word to every human being. Pleasantly readable, it is an outstanding, authentic book to enrich every Christian's library."--Howard G. Hendricks, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Christian Education and Leadership, Dallas Theological Seminary

"No one is more knowledgeable about English Bible translation than Donald Brake."--Leland Ryken, professor of English, Wheaton College

"Donald Brake has shown, through meticulous research, engaging style, irenic tone, and exquisite illustrations, that this translation deserves a place on our shelves and in our hearts. I recommend A Visual History of the King James Bible to every English-speaking Christian because here you will discover a part of the rich tapestry of the Christian faith in which you find yourself today."--Daniel B. Wallace, executive director, Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts

"On the 400th anniversary of the most famous of English Bible translations, Donald Brake has written an engaging account of the history of the King James Bible. Photos of many of the rare volumes from Brake's collection fill the pages of this beautifully illustrated book."--Diana Severance, director, Dunham Bible Museum

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I surely enjoyed reqding this great book on the King James Bible.
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It is well written, informative, enthusiastic, and enchanting.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By R. Hayton VINE VOICE on May 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Length: 6:44 Mins
Today is the 400th Anniversary of the printing of the King James Bible. In honor of that, I tried my hand at my first video book review. Below, you'll find a video review of "A Visual History of the King James Bible" by Donald L. Brake. While there are a few audio glitches, the stunning visual beauty of Brake's book is put on full display. I hope you'll consider picking up a copy of this book as a way of celebrating this momentous occasion.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jim F. Wilson on May 18, 2011
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I really enjoyed reading this book. It is a visual feast, living up to its title. The author clearly has a great love of the Bible and of the KJB in particular. Brake is an avid Bible collector and he tells in some of his personal asides the thrill he felt at finding some rare edition that he could add to his collection. The enthusiasm Brake has for the KJB is communicated to the reader and makes the book a pleasure to read and view.

Interestingly, Brake opens his book with a dramatic telling of the Hampton Court Conference and the very moment when John Reynolds requested of King James that a new translation of the Holy Scriptures be undertaken. Brake then goes back in time, in Chapter 2, and discusses the origins of the English language itself. This is well done and allows the author to remark about the nature of the English language and the various linguistic rivers which have contributed to it.

The bulk of the book is devoted to the King James Bible, its creation and its character. For example, there is a discussion about how the original biblical languages, Hebrew and Greek, influenced certain forms of expression in the KJB. The discussion about the background texts, and the development of the Textus Receptus, is particularly detailed and worthwhile.

One of the virtues of this book is that the author presents both modern views regarding the reliability of the textual bases of the KJB. Most modern discussion of the KJB simply ignore that there are a significant number of scholars who argue for the superiority of the Majority Text over the Critical Text, and some who argue for the superiority of the Textus Receptus over the Critical Text as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gayle Lai on March 30, 2013
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Want to learn how the bible was assembled and put together? This book gives an overview. The charts are interesting and revealing.
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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Frank Desparrois on February 15, 2012
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The author makes the glaring mistake of presenting the book of Baruch as an Old Testament book which in reality is relegated to the Apocrypha. Interestingly enough a few pages later the author notes that Luther considered that four books of the New Testament did not have "canonical authority." It seems a bit inconsistent when one would mention this and neglect to mention such about Baruch. Next the author ventures into the subjective world of textual criticism where he notes that the Greek text underlining the KJB comes from a family of manuscripts which a small number of scholars support and that the Greek text which the more modern versions are translated comes from a family of manuscripts which enjoys far wider scholarly support. Unfortunately my impression is that the overall tone of the book is not so much a celebration but an undermining of the accuracy of this most venerable translation. This certainly dampens one's enthusiasm regarding the KJB. I cannot and will not recommend this book and I must say I rather regret buying it.
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Brake writes with authority-pastor, teacher, seminary dean, avid, veteran collector of rare Bibles and manuscripts. He makes the story of the King James Bible, the best-selling book of all time, come alive. As good as his previous "Visual History of the English" Bible, and as sumptuously illustrated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Gomez on September 12, 2012
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I had previously read "A Visual History of the English Bible" and really liked it. When I saw the listing for this one, I had to add it to my collection. However, I was a bit disappointed with the "visual" part of this book. Unlike "English Bible" book, this book had more art illustrations of people and less photos of the different formats of the Bible or photos of the people involved in the process of their making. Historically, it seems o.k., yet, for a title of "Visual History" I expected more in illustrations.
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By Mike on April 9, 2014
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I surely enjoyed reqding this great book on the King James Bible. Donald Brake is a very good writer and excellent historian and superb sclholar on the Biible. He brings out many truths about this historic period and gives mcih information on each translator, but it is a little heavylj when he writes agout the critiism of Scripture.
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