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ᥚ Hardcover ᗒ Wide As the Waters: The Story of the English Bible and the Revolution ᦧ ePUB By Benson Bobrick ᦠ

ᥚ Hardcover ᗒ Wide As the Waters: The Story of the English Bible and the Revolution  ᦧ ePUB By Benson Bobrick ᦠ ᥚ Hardcover ᗒ Wide As the Waters: The Story of the English Bible and the Revolution ᦧ ePUB By Benson Bobrick ᦠ Benson Bobrick s Wide as the Waters The Story of the English Bible and the Revolution It Inspired is a brisk and gripping work of history, religion, and literary criticism Translation of the King James Bible took centuries to complete, and Bobrick provides colorful descriptions of the distinctive contributions of various translators who took part in the project, particularly John Wyclif in the 15th century and William Tyndale in the 16th century Tyndale, he points out, is the second most widely quoted writer, after Shakespeare, in the English language eat, drink, and be merry, is Tyndale s phrase so is the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak Wide as the Waters interprets each translator s work according to its contemporary political context in England The book s most dramatic passages are found in its account of Henry VIII s showdown with Rome, which resulted in among other things Tyndale s execution Although Bobrick may overstate the singularity of the Bible s influence on the English Revolution he asserts that the concepts of liberty and free will that guided revolutionaries who overthrew Charles I were primarily derived from the King James Bible , his argument is, at the very least, an effective and engaging reminder of Scripture s liberating power Michael Joseph GrossIndependent scholar Bobrick s Angel in the Whirlwind etc erudite yet accessible history chronicles the turbulent period from the first English translation of the Bible, sponsored by John Wycliffe in 1382, to the King James Version in 1611 Rendering the Scriptures in the vernacular was an act fraught with peril, he reminds readers Simply possessing a Wycliffe Bible was enough to get a layperson tried for heresy William Tyndale, whose early 16th century renderings of the New Testament and Pentateuch greatly influenced the King James translators, saw his work confiscated and destroyed by English ecclesiastical authorities he was burned at the stake in 1536 Though Henry VIII s break from Rome prompted English versions in the late 16th century, conservatives still feared that giving the common people access to the Scriptures would lead to civic as well as religious unrest eventually, the Civil War of 1642 1649 suggested they were right Succeeding Elizabeth in 1603, James I aimed to consolidate his position as head of church and state with a new Bible that would take the best from all previous English versions and maintain the Anglo Catholic terms such as church rather than the Puritan congregation favored by the Bishop s Bible of 1568 Bobrick offers cogent minibiographies of the remarkable team of scholars James assembled, and his lucid exegeses show how seemingly small changes from the earth was void and empty into the earth was without form and void transformed the text, rendering it majestic yet easily understandable Bobrick s analysis of how dissemination of the Bible helped spark the Civil War is oversimplified, but historians have long agreed that putting the Scriptures in the hands of the people was indeed a revolutionary act It s a pleasure to have this stirring story so well told for the general reader Apr Forecast The publisher may be going too far in comparing this to The Professor and the Madman, but this is a rich, accessible history that will appeal to students of religion, English and history, and so should rack up generous sales Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. 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    • Wide As the Waters: The Story of the English Bible and the Revolution
    • 2.3
    • 150
    • Hardcover
    • 394 pages
    • Benson Bobrick
    • English
    • 23 October 2017

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