The King James Bible across Borders and Centuries

The King James Bible across Borders and Centuries

Ed. by Angelica Duran $70.00

November 2014 | cloth | ISBN: 978-0-8207-0477-7

Book Reviews:

“The topics are wide-ranging and should appeal to a variety of interests, running the gamut from linguistic to cultural studies, with chapters categorized under the headings ‘Transforming,’ ‘Extending,’ and ‘Appropriating.’ As the volume makes clear, the protean nature of the King James Version promises to make it a worthy subject of research, perhaps even for another 400 years.” — Sixteenth Century Journal

Book Information:

Building on the recent spate of scholarly activity that has accompanied the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible, this multifaceted volume delves into areas that have yet to be much explored in the realm of biblical studies. The 12 essays in The King James Bible across Borders and Centuries — authored by scholars from a wide variety of academic disciplines — examine the KJV both as world literature and as an important force in social, geographical, and linguistic cultures, demonstrating its tremendous influence from the Protestant Reformation to the present day. And as the volume’s title suggests, The King James Bible across Borders and Centuries differs significantly from other recent discussions of the KJV by focusing attention on the ways in which this Bible operated and continues to operate to define communities across borders and across centuries.

The essays are organized into three parts, each mooring its innovative claims and topics on well-grounded scholarship. The first section, “Transforming,” focuses on how, from its inception, the KJV has reflected and engendered transformations of religious and scholarly communities within England and throughout the Western world. In part 2, “Extending,” essays explore the KJV in its travels outside the geographical borders of the European archipelago of England: to its neighbor to the south, where the Spanish Inquisition sought to keep it out of the hands of Spaniards; the Americas, where it was diligently translated so that God’s Word could be brought to the Native Americans; and in the expansion of England into Australia and India. Finally, essays in the “Appropriating” section integrate newer fields of study, touching on areas as disparate as African American issues, Mormonism, gender, and juvenile literature.

The King James Bible across Borders and Centuries captures and extends some of the most promising pathways for future consideration as the KJV enters its fifth century.

Author Information:

ANGELICA DURAN is professor of English, comparative literature, and religious studies at Purdue University. She served as Director of Religious Studies at Purdue from 2009–13. She is the author of The Age of Milton and the Scientific Revolution as well as more than 20 scholarly articles and book chapters, editor of A Concise Companion to Milton, and coeditor of Mo Yan in Context: Nobel Laureate and Global Storyteller.

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