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Crowned With Glory is an insightful look at the history of the Traditional Text and its impact on the crown jewel of English translations, the Authorized Version. Approaching the issue from a scriptural and scholarly perspective, Dr. Holland explores the science of textual criticism in light of biblical preservation.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.7" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Dec 20, 2000
Publisher Writers Club Press
ISBN 0595146171 ISBN13 9780595146178
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More About Thomas Holland
Thomas Holland is presently the Scientific Director of the Department of Defense's Central Identification Laboratory, the largest skeletal identification laboratory in the world. In this position he has led forensic recoveries around the world, from the barren deserts of Iraq to the steamy jungles of Vietnam to the snow-covered mountains of North Korea. In 1993, while conducting a recovery near the Killing Fields of Cambodia, his team came under a Khmer Rouge rocket attack and was forced to withdraw from its base camp under fire.
In the relative quiet of the Central Identification Laboratory, Holland holds the awesome responsibility for approving the identifications of all U.S. military personnel from past military conflicts. During his tenure this has included over 1000 soldiers from World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War -- including the Vietnam Unknown Soldier from Arlington National Cemetery.
Holland received a bachelor's degree in fine art from the University of Missouri and a Master's degree and a Doctorate degree in anthropology from the same institution. He worked as an archaeologist and museum curator before taking a position with the Department of Defense. He is one of less than 80 Diplomates of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, a member of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors, a member of the Council of Federal Forensic Laboratory Directors, and a consultant to the New York State Police. He routinely briefs high-ranking military and government officials including the secretaries of State and Defense, and has served in scientific advisory roles to the National Institute of Justice and the International Commission on Missing Persons.
Holland and his laboratory are frequently featured on such programs as "Discovery, Nightline, 60 Minutes, National Public Radio, " and "Nova."
Reviews - What do customers think about Crowned With Glory : The Bible from Ancient Text to Authorized Version?
Best of all that I have read on this subject Feb 16, 2008
This book is the best I have read in my recent studies on this subject. The book is simply outlined and the subjects are flowing and easily understood. It is written without the condeming tone that other works on this subject have. This work brought the subject together for me that I could understand it fully. I recomend this book to the hungry student.
Seriously Flawed Oct 15, 2002
The whole idea of "one versions only" is a seriously flawed one. It does not matter if you believe in King James only or any other version only it is not scriptual. It is a myth that Paul warned Timothy about in 1 Timothy. He said there would be some teachers (like Holland) who would be teaching myths (like version onlyism). These promote controversies (see the web for proof of this). Paul said of these men, "They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm." 1 Timothy 1:7
Holland exudes confidence in his way of thinking. But his decisions have been made by his preferences (aided by other so called scholars). Passages of scripture have been manipulated to say what he wants it to say (Psalm 12) and the context of passages is thrown out the window in favor of his opinion.
King James Onlyism is a dangerous myth and an unbiblical doctrine brought on by the carnal man. Holland only helps this myth grow.
To see what God wants us to read, read the Bible in the version you are most comfortable with.
Seriously flawed Sep 14, 2002
Crowned with Glory is yet another book in the string of King James Only / Textus Receptus priority books. Dr. Holland is more temperate than many in his critique of modern versions stopping far short of the type of rhetoric that one often finds books of this ilk. He states that his purpose is not to "defame, discredit anyone's translation." Further while he claims to agree with the translators of the King James that "even the meanest translation of the Bible contains the word of God," he stops short of including their full quotation, "nay, is the word of God." On the whole it differs from many other books of this genre in that he has utilized standard reference materials for documentation.
His argument is built upon the premise that God has protected His Word in the Traditional Text of Scripture. Having accepted the preservation in the Traditional Text, he then proceeds to use flawed logic to substantiate his case.
I feel that he commits a major error in a comment on the Lucianic Recension. After citing Fredrick Kenyon's doubt about the historicity of the Lucianic Recension, he adds, "God told us not to add to his word. If the Traditional Text has added to God' s word, why has it been so greatly used in the history of the church." This is nothing short of full-blown pragmatism. If pragmatic considerations are all that are to be considered, truth becomes relative to what happens to work now.
In answering the King James' inclusion of the Apocrypha, he uses a red herring argument to answer this inclusion by citing the Geneva Bible's title page of the Apocrypha. He then states that "likewise the translators of the KJV did not give the Apocrypha the respect they had given the Holy Scriptures." While he notes some differences in the way the King James handled the Apocrypha, he failed to note that there are similarities. The Geneva Bible, which also includes the Apocrypha between the Testaments, has no marginal notes throughout the Apocrypha, while the 1611 printing of the King James Version continues its marginal notes throughout the Apocrypha. The point is not that the King James' translators thought that the Apocrypha was inspired or canonical, but if you are arguing for preservation (as Holland is) your argument must address first the inclusion and then the exclusion of the Apocrypha.
While Dr. Holland is to be commended for not shying away from some difficult passages, his defense of some passages is strained and opens the door to serious problems. At times he seems to engage in a form of circular reasoning arguing that a passage should be retained in the text because it was contained in the Textus Receptus, which was based on the Traditional Text. He argues for retaining the Johannine Comma, 1 Jn 5:7,8, in spite of extremely weak textual evidence because the Critical Text retains some verses in 1 John with weak evidence. What he fails to note is that the weak evidence is precisely why many Majority Text and Textus Receptus advocates argue against the Critical Text.
He saves what I see as perhaps the wildest stretch of rationale for the last six verses of Revelation. Holland concludes, "Preservation simply demands that God has kept and preserved the words throughout the generations from the time of their inception until this present day and even beyond. It does not demand that these words be preserved in the original languages only." What this does is open the door to an extreme form of eclecticism. All one need do is trace a reading back through a series of languages and claim that it is the preserved Word of God! There is little, if any, check on the textual critic since his prior statements have opened the door to readings which are supported by an extremely small number of manuscripts.
A further critique is that he is not really talking about preservation, but restoration. Even the oldest of our manuscripts do not date back into the first century. Sinaiaticus and Vaticanus (probably our oldest "complete" manuscripts) at their oldest date only to the early fourth century! Where was the text preserved during the first three centuries of the church? Since we do not have extant manuscripts how is it possible to know what the "preserved word of God" was during that time? The obvious answer is that we cannot know and it is presumption on Dr. Holland's part to believe he can.
He also deals with the criticism that some have raised against the language of the King James Version. Holland points out that many of them involve expressions that can be taken in more than one way in English and directs his readers to an English dictionary and/or English grammar. While I would agree with the majority of what he states in this chapter, I find it fascinating that he never admits that King James English might be antiquated. This is surprising in light of the fact that even Donald Waite, an ardent defender of the Traditional Text and King James Version has recently published a King James Bible with the antiquated words defined in footnotes.
While Dr. Holland is be commended for maintaining a gracious courteous spirit throughout this book, there is none of the usual name-calling and bitter rancor that mark this genre of literature. However, a Christian spirit is not a substitute for accuracy. And unfortunately this work leaves much to be desired in explaining how to determine the text of Scripture. The major logical fallacy that underlies the entire work is that since the Traditional Text has been used by the church, it is the true text. This is an assumption which he makes yet never sees the need to prove and therein in the words of William Shakespeare "lies the rub."
Best Book on the Subject! Mar 14, 2002
There is no doubt that Dr. Holland is the "Dean Burgon" of our day, and this book is proof. This book is very courteous of other viewpoints and those who oppose Dr. Hollands perspective. This book lets the evidence speak for itself. He is in no wise like other "KJV only" brethren in that his mannerisms reflect that of being a gentleman and scholar. This book needs to be read by all who are engaged in the controversy. Great book brother Holland!!! 5 stars!
Best Book on Textural Criticism that I have ever read! Aug 25, 2001
I have read several books on the subject of textural criticism including the King James Defended, Unholy Hands on the Bible and several others. I found Dr. Hollands book to be very readable and very informative. As others have pointed out... He does not force his arguments down your throat... but looks at them in a very unbiased view. I would STRONLY recommend this book for anyone interested in finding out more information on the Subject of God's Preservation of His Holy Word: the Bible.