Item description for A History of the English Bible as Literature (A History of the Bible as Literature) by David Norton & Norton David...
Overview A History of the English Bible as Literature (revised and condensed from the author's acclaimed History of the Bible as Literature CUP, 1993) explores five hundred years of religious and literary ideas. At its heart is the story of how the King James Bible went from being mocked as English writing to being "unsurpassed in the entire range of literature." It studies the Bible translators, writers such as Milton and Bunyan who contributed so much to our sense of the Bible, and a fascinating range of critics and commentators.
Publishers Description Early 18th century literary critics thought the King James Bible had all the disadvantages of an old prose translation. But from the 1760s on, criticism became increasingly favourable. In the 19th century it welled into a chorus of praise for the noblest monument of English prose. This volume, the second of a two-volume work, traces how that reversal of opinion came about and helped to shape the making and reception of modern translations such as the Revised Version and the New English Bible. At the same time, the story of the development of modern literary discussion of the Bible in general is told. From the Augustan discovery of Longinus' comments on Genesis through such major figures as Robert Louth to modern critics such as Frank Kermode and Robert Alter, this story reveals a world of original insights and repetitions of received opinions. It shows not only how criticism has shaped understanding of the Bible, but how the Bible has shaped literary criticism.
Citations And Professional Reviews A History of the English Bible as Literature (A History of the Bible as Literature) by David Norton & Norton David has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
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Studio: Cambridge University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.28" Width: 6.23" Height: 1.29" Weight: 1.7 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2008
Publisher Cambridge University Press
ISBN 0521771404 ISBN13 9780521771405
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More About David Norton & Norton David
David Norton was born in Cambridge, and is currently an associate Professor of English at New Zealand's Victoria University of Wellington. He is the author of A History of the Bible as Literature (CUP, 1993).
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