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king james bible, 1611-2011

The King James version of the bible has its 400th anniversary this year.  Beyond religion, it has obviously also had a deep impact on language, the arts, culture etc.  Here are some links:

Written by teppo

November 19, 2011 at 10:02 pm

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  1. Explaining the fundamentalist beliefs of her family of origin, a computerist quipped, “If the King James Version was good enough for St. Paul, then it was good enough for us.” It is Catholic dogma that only the original texts in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek are the Revealed Word of God. Everything else, even the Vulgate attributed to St. Jerome, is just a guide. Even so, during the High Middle Ages, as literacy spread, commoners and clerics were inspired to translate chapters and verses. Various complete English editions were produced over the centuries. But nothing was as readable and yet lyrical as the KJV. Myself, as a non-believer, I have several Bibles for reference, including a New Testament in NT Greek, but KJV is the one I look to. It is interesting that King James I of England (VI of Scotland) is credited with inventing the Divine Right of Kings, which he explained in a speech delivered to Parliament. The man was truly a scholar.

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    Michael Marotta

    November 20, 2011 at 8:39 am

  2. here is a link to a webcast of the events held at Princeton’s Center for the Study of Religion, in honor of the anniversary: http://www.princeton.edu/csr/events/webcasts/index.xml

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    Erin Johnston

    November 21, 2011 at 3:39 am

  3. Erin: thanks. I look forward to checking out a few of the lectures.

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    teppo

    November 21, 2011 at 5:41 am

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