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Hardback 256 pp.
26 b/w illustrations, 135 mm x 216 mm



Publication date:
November 2010

Imprint: OUP UK

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The Story of the King James Version 1611-2011

Gordon Campbell

This is a history of the King James Version of the Bible (known in Britain as the Authorised Version) over the four hundred years from its remote beginnings to the present day.

Gordon Campbell, expert in Renaissance literatures, tells the fascinating and complex story of how this translation came to be commissioned, of who the translators were, and of how the translation was accomplished. The story does not end with the printing of that first edition, but introduces the subsequent generations who edited and interacted with the text. The present text of the King James Version differs in thousands of small details from the original edition. Campbell traces the textual history from 1611 to the establishment of the modern text by Oxford University Press in 1769.

Attitudes to the King James Version have shifted through time and territory, ranging from adulation to deprecation and attracting the attention of a wide variety of adherents. It is more widely read in America today than in any other country, and its particular history in there is given due attention.

Generously illustrated with reproductions taken from early editions, this volume helps to explain the enduring popularity of the King James Version throughout the world today.

Readership : General reader interested in the history and literary genesis of the King James Bible; students and scholars of seventeenth-century british history and literature; of the reception history of the Bible.

1. The Bible in English
2. The Commissioning of the KJV
3. Translators and Translating
4. The Translation
5. The First Edition
6. The Seventeenth Century
7. The Eighteenth Century
8. The Nineteenth Century
9. The Bible in America
10. The Cambridge Paragraph Bibles
11. The Revised Version
12. The Early Twentieth Century
13. The KJV in the Modern World
Appendix 1: The Companies and Later Revisers
Appendix 2: The Preliminaries to the KJV
Further Reading

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Gordon Campbell is Professor of Renaissance Studies at Leicester University.

Christopher Marlowe - Park Honan
The Bible: Authorized King James Version - Edited with introduction and notes by Robert Carroll and Stephen Prickett

Special Features

  • Marking the 400th anniversary of the King James Version, this accessible yet authoritative history, explains why and how the Authorised Version came into being.
  • Brings to life the controversies surrounding later revisions, helping the reader to understand why and when new editions were issued.
  • Investigates the varied reception of the King James Version across the world, particularly looking at its enduring popularity in America.
  • Lavishly illustrated with reproductions from early editions of the King James Bible and portraits of key players in its history.
  • Appendices contain short biographies of the translators and a guide to the 74 page preliminaries of the 1611 edition.