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Wide As the Waters: The Story of the English Bible and the Revolution characters Æ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB review ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB × Join or create book clubs read Wide As the Waters: The Story of the English Bible and the Revolution Ind his own true faith the plaything of his kingIn 1604 a committee of fifty four scholars the flower of Oxford and Cambridge collaborated on the new translation for King James Their collective expertise in biblical languages and related fields has probably never been matched and the translation they produced substantially based on the earlier work of Wycliffe Tyndale and others would shape English literature and speech for centuries As the great English historian Macaulay wrote of their version If everything else in our language should perish it alone would suffice to show the extent of its beauty and power To this day its common expressions such as labor of love lick the dust a thorn in the flesh the root of all evil the fat of the land the sweat of thy brow to cast pearls before swine and the shadow of death are heard in everyday speechThe impact of the English Bible on law and society was profound It gave every literate person access to the sacred text which helped to fo. Wide as the Waters is the fascinating story of the struggle to produce a Bible in the English language during the Reformation era Short biographies of John Wycliffe William Tyndale Miles Coverdale etal are impressive because they show the strength and determination these men had They were literally taking their lives in their hands when they dared to challenge the official Church s doctrinal line Parallel translations included in the text demonstrate how profound doctrinal differences between Catholic and Protestant could develop over the translation or mistranslation of a word or two Bobrick provides some fascinating material on the men who worked on the various translations not only those already well known but also on the hitherto almost anonymous such as the committee members who created the Authorized or King James Version of 1611As the struggle for an English Bible continued the notion of challenging the Official Version of things spread from religious to governmental matters and the push to reform the English Church led to the push to reform English government That in turn led to the American push to end English control over the colonies That insight alone makes the book well worth the price

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Wide As the Waters: The Story of the English Bible and the Revolution characters Æ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB review ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB × Join or create book clubs read Wide As the Waters: The Story of the English Bible and the Revolution Ster the spirit of inuiry through reading and reflection This in turn accelerated the growth of commercial printing and the proliferation of books Once people were free to interpret the word of God according to the light of their own understanding they began to uestion the authority of their inherited institutions both religious and secular This led to reformation within the Church and to the rise of constitutional government in England and the end of the divine right of kings England fought a Civil War in the light and shadow of such concepts and by them confirmed the Glorious Revolution of 1688 In time the new world of ideas that the English Bible helped inspire spread across the Atlantic to America and eventually like Wycliffes sea borne scattered ashes all the world over as wide as the waters be Wide as the Waters is a story about a crucial epoch in the history of Christianity about the English language and society and about a book that changed the course of human events. Nicely written and seamlessly weaves together the political history and the religious history of the English bible Fascinating on both sides I had no idea how thoroughly the two were woven together The book also gives poetry its due with side by side comparisons of different translations And who ever thought that a COMMITTEE could improve the poetry

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Wide As the Waters: The Story of the English Bible and the Revolution characters Æ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB review ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB × Join or create book clubs read Wide As the Waters: The Story of the English Bible and the Revolution Next to the Bible itself the English Bible was and is the most influential book ever published The most famous of all English Bibles the King James Version was the culmination of centuries of work by various translators from John Wycliffe the fourteenth century catalyst of English Bible translation to the committee of scholars who collaborated on the King James translation Wide as the Waters examines the life and work of Wycliffe and recounts the tribulations of his successors including William Tyndale who was martyred Miles Coverdale and others who came to bitter ends It traces the story of the English Bible through the tumultuous reigns of Henry VIII Edward VI Mary Tudor and Elizabeth I a time of fierce contest between Catholics and Protes tants in England as the struggle to establish a vernacular Bible was fought among competing factions In the course of that struggle Sir Thomas More later made a Catholic saint helped orchestrate the assault on the English Bible only to f. The English Bible has had a greater influence on the Western world than any other document It is important to understand how this translation came to be It was a very difficult process costing the lives of many good people before the ultimate success the King James Bible version Benson s writing provides a comprehensive look into nearly every aspect of this topic He brings the key players to life as he describes their actions as well as providing a wonderful look at the several others who either opposed or supported the effort Today those of us in the English speaking world use many of the phrases that the King James gave us often without realizing the source You will be intrigued to see how your speech is impacted by this text even if you ve not read it yet This is a great introduction to the Bible reading it makes reading the Bible itself even rewarding

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