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In The Beginning~ review

IN THE BEGINNING
The Story of the King James Bible and How It Changed a Nation, a Language and a Culture
By Alister McGrath
Doubleday: 340 pp.

The King James Bible of 1611 and the works of Shakespeare are the chief pillars of the English language. For four centuries, to this very day, they have profoundly affected native-English speakers and how they write, think and feel. "In the Beginning" is an engrossing (and handsomely printed) account of the making of the King James Bible and its consequences. Alister McGrath, professor of historical theology at Oxford, nicely puts the Bible in the religious and literary context of its time. "Without the King James Bible," McGrath writes, "there would have been no 'Paradise Lost,' no 'Pilgrim's Progress,' no Handel's 'Messiah,' no Negro spirituals and no Gettysburg Address. These and innumerable other works were inspired by the language of the Bible." McGrath's elega[quoting ]ntly clear account is worthy of his great subject. Anthony Day
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Source: The Los Angeles Times


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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