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    Melvyn Bragg
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The King James Bible has spread the Protestant faith.

The King James Bible has spread the Protestant faith. It has been the Bible of wars from the British Civil War in the seventeenth century to the American Civil War two centuries later, and it has been carried into battle in innumerable conflicts since then.

The Book of Books book. The King James Bible is both the standard scriptural text and, for centuries, the bestselling book in the English-speaking world. In this text, Melvyn Bragg reveals the political, linguistic, and religious influences the Bible has had throughout the centuries.

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Praise for The Book of Books. It is now more than 400 years since the original publication of the King James bible. There can be no doubt that the book has been enormously significant.

Praise for The Book of Books. Bragg consummately proves beyond reasonable doubt that is the source of our present use of English. Business Day. "A potent reminder of how the King James Version has inspired daring thoughts in and out of the pews. Indeed, a person well read in English would, desirably, be familiar with both the King James bible and the then contemporary publication of the works of Shakespeare. Both contain wonderful pieces of English that remain alive today.

These are the books of the King James Version of the Bible along with the names and numbers given them in the Douay Rheims Bible and Latin Vulgate. This list is a complement to the list in Books of the Latin Vulgate

These are the books of the King James Version of the Bible along with the names and numbers given them in the Douay Rheims Bible and Latin Vulgate. This list is a complement to the list in Books of the Latin Vulgate. It is an aid to finding cross references between two longstanding standards of Biblical literature. There are 80 books in the King James Bible-39 in the Old Testament, 14 in the Apocrypha, and 27 in the New Testament.

The King James Version, first printed in 1611, was not just a tool for the dissemination of the Protestant faith but a. .

The King James Version, first printed in 1611, was not just a tool for the dissemination of the Protestant faith but a revolutionary text that gave voice to ordinary men and women. Bragg spurns footnotes, which means that some of his grander claims for the Bible – "the prime educating force in the English-speaking world"; "the key determinant in the moulding of America" – seem, if not implausible, then unearned

Melvyn Bragg brings a storyteller's touch to this breezy but slightly triumphalist tribute to the King James Bible, says Henry Hitchings. Sat 16 Apr 2011 1. 5 EDT First published on Sat 16 Apr 2011 1. 5 EDT.

Melvyn Bragg brings a storyteller's touch to this breezy but slightly triumphalist tribute to the King James Bible, says Henry Hitchings. Melvyn Bragg writes with 'scriptural certainty'. Photograph: Murdo Macleod.

Fascinating and eye-opening, The Book of Books reveals the extraordinary and still-felt impact of a work created 400 . I was disappointed with this book

Fascinating and eye-opening, The Book of Books reveals the extraordinary and still-felt impact of a work created 400 years ago. Stephen Thorne reads Melvyn Bragg’s definitive history of the King James Bible. I was disappointed with this book.

No other book has had greater impact. The King James Bible has spread the Protestant faith. It even helped define our attitudes toward modern science, education and sex. The Book of Books: The Radical Impact of the King James Bible 1611-2011. It has been the Bible of wars, from the British Civil War in the 17th Century to the American Civil War two centuries later, and it has been carried into battle in innumerable conflicts since then. The Book of Books: The Radical Impact of the King James Bible 1611-2011 (9781619020108) by Melvyn Bragg.

The Book of Books : The Radical Impact of the King James Bible 1611-2011. BRAGG, Melvyn A biography of the King James Bible through its first 400 years. Gilt lettering to spine and lemon yellow endpapers. Published by Hodder & Stoughton; (2011). Hawkes (Beaconsfield, United Kingdom). A biography of the King James Bible through its first 400 years. Slight bumping to base of spine, otherwise near fine copy with no inscriptions. Unclipped DJ has minimal edgewear, otherwise near fine. Seller Inventory 007587. More information about this seller Contact this seller 11. Stock Image.

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Kanrad
It is now more than 400 years since the original publication of the King James bible. There can be no doubt that the book has been enormously significant. Indeed, a person well read in English would, desirably, be familiar with both the King James bible and the then contemporary publication of the works of Shakespeare. Both contain wonderful pieces of English that remain alive today.

It is clear that Melvyn Bragg has great respect for and fondness of the bible. He is up front about has Anglican background which he maintains to the present day. Mention is made of his donation of three stained glass windows to the small church in Cumbria he attended as a child. Yet for all his fervour and familiarity, I didn’t find his narrative compelling. Indeed, I found the writing pedestrian at times. It certainly didn’t capture my attention.

I am also unsure as to why in the middle of the book, he presents a critique of Richard Dawkins’ “The God Delusion”. It is clear that he disagrees with Dawkins but I see no reason for such a digression while discussing the power of the words of the King James bible. I found this chapter to be quite jarring and certainly out of context.

In sum, I greatly looked forward to reading this book. Although I am a person of no faith, the significance of the King James bible cannot be denied. It is a powerful tome and subsequent attempts to render it in modern English have all failed miserably. Certainly, such rendering would never be applied to Shakespeare. However, Melvyn Bragg has not truly brought the story to life. This is a shame. The book had great potential.
Modimeena
Having been brought up on the King James version of the Bible, it is an education to get the background to how and why it was written and to glory in the majesty of the language. The number of phrases and sayings that have their roots in this Bible is so much greater than I had thought and the impact it had on the spread of English language turns out to have been enormous.
Moswyn
Well written and very informative.
Burirus
Extremely interesting and detailed. Good discussion of the evolution
Lcena
Purchased Book of Books after having a quick browse through a copy else where. It is the most readable book on the History of the KJV I have come across. Easy for the layperson to understand without it being too complicated with big words. It's also riveting and keeps you wanting to know more as each chapter goes by. Well worth a read.
Delalbine
This well written book is a "keeper" in my library. Here is why: it"translates" some of the very scholarly material and presents it in a very readable form. I am still quoting some phrases and parts of it when I talk to friends about the King James Version of the Bible. One friend of mine borrowed my copy---then bought his own because he wanted it as a "keeper" too...thanks to Amazon.com for making Bragg's book available.
wanderpool
This is an interesting book written from a very British viewpoint (obviously). Therefore read it with that viewpoint in mind. Read it with a US viewpoint and you'll lose part of the potential learning experience.

The author's points on the impact of the KJV in its early days (and even pre-publication) are well made and backed by the "facts" of history. He did a good job of putting the KJV into the historical context of the events of that era. Indeed the people's bible helped bring about cultural and political changes that would have otherwise taken much longer to bear positive fruit.

As the book moved forward in time, into those periods when world events (vis-a-vis western Europe) had an increasing impact on Britain, her colonies and peoples, it began losing traction. The author seemingly ignored important events that helped change the course of western affairs, attributing too much cause to the KJV and too little to advances in industrialization, technology, and political liberalization.

His treatment of the end of slavery in the US was particularly odd, largely ignoring Britain's role in slavery in its other colonies and any mention of the KJV's role -- or lack thereof -- in ending slavery there. Any student of the Atlantic Slave Trade will find these chapters just shy of delusional.

I recommend this book for people with a healthy sense of skepticism. There is much for the religious non-scholar to learn from it. Just remember nothing in western history can be traced to a single cause.
excelent book!!