The King James Bible has often been called the "Book of Books," both in itself and in what it stands for. Since its publication in 1611, it has been the best-selling book in the world, and many believe, it has had the greatest impact. The King James Bible has spread the Protestant faith. It has also been the greatest influence on the enrichment of the English language and its literature. 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. Its influence on social movements-particularly involving women in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries-and politics was profound. It was crucial to the growth of democracy. It was integral to the abolition of slavery, and it defined attitudes to modern science, education, and sex. As Lord Melvyn Bragg's The Adventure of English explored the history of our language, so The Book of Books reveals the extraordinary and still-felt impact of a work created 400 years ago.
Bragg, Melvyn, 1939-
The book of books
the radical impact of the King James Bible, 1611-2011
Berkeley, CA :, Counterpoint,, c2011.
370 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.
From Hampton Court to New England. The scope of it ; The road to 1611 ; The foundation is laid ; The King James Version is commissioned ; The four companies ; The Mayflower and the Covenant ; The Bible in the Civil Wars (1642-51) ; The new map ; The Great Awakening
The impact on culture. The Royal Society (1660) ; early modern science and the Bible ; Language ; The Bible itself as literature ; From Shakespeare : the bible and literature (1) ; American literature and the twentieth century : the Bible and literature (2) ; The eighteenth-century Enlightenment ; The matter of Richard Dawkins : the new Enlightenment ; Mary Wollstonecraft and William Wilberforce
The impact on society. Slavery and the Civil War in America (1) ; Slavery and the Civil War in America (2) ; The Bible and education ; On a mission around the world ; The Bible and sex ; The Bible and women ; Christian socialism and the social gospel ; The Bible and democracy.
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