By David Norton
A background of the English Bible as Literature (revised and condensed from the author's acclaimed background of the Bible as Literature CUP, 1993) explores years of spiritual and literary rules. At its middle is the tale of ways the King James Bible went from being mocked as English writing to being "unsurpassed within the whole diversity of literature." It experiences the Bible translators, writers reminiscent of Milton and Bunyan who contributed loads to our feel of the Bible, and a desirable variety of critics and commentators.
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I speak not 28 The Civil Conversation of M. Stephen Guazzo (London, ), unfoliated. 29 The task of completing and revising Tyndale’s work fell to Myles Coverdale (–), a less scholarly but no less devout man. , and he was involved in the making of the Geneva Bible (). His Psalter, as revised for the Great Bible, became the Psalter of the Book of Common Prayer and thus until very recently the familiar version for Anglicans. This familiar Psalter, like the KJB, has aroused much love and is the basis of Coverdale’s reputation for literary achievement, though he also contributed signiﬁcantly to the English of the prophetic books.
This is an eﬀort to destabilise the translation in the search for truth. Most scholarly users of the Bible until, roughly, the middle of the seventeenth century did indeed treat the English text as unﬁxed and were not much concerned to cite a particular version accurately. For them biblical truth did not lie in any particular form of English words. Unless the scholars were translators or were critics of theological and ecclesiastical tendencies that they disliked, they had little interest in the precise language of the English Bible.
Anne M. , Enchiridion Militis Christiani. An English Version (Oxford University Press for EETS, ), p. . Erasmus, Christian Humanism and the Reformation: Selected Writings, ed. John C. Olin (New York: Harper, ), p. . William Tyndale if there were any power of song which truly could inspire . . I would desire that it be at hand for me so that I might convince all of the most wholesome truth of all. However, it is more desirable that Christ Himself, whose business we are about, so guide the strings of our lyre that this song might deeply aﬀect and move the minds of all .
A History of the English Bible as Literature (A History of the Bible as Literature) by David Norton