Tuesday 22 March 2011

Jon M. Sweeney on the King James Version

Jon M. Sweeney, Verily, Verily: The KJV – 400 Years of Influence and Beauty (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011), 224pp., ISBN 9780310320258.

Here’s another book on the King James Bible that I’ll try to check out at some point during this year.

According to the publisher’s blurb:

‘In time for the 400th anniversary in 2011 of the world’s most popular Bible translation, critically acclaimed author Jon Sweeney uses history, personal narrative, and humor to reflect on the cultural importance, spiritual value, beautiful phrasings, and occasional weirdness of the King James Bible.’

There’s a substantial excerpt available here. From a quick glance it looks like it’s taking its subject matter seriously without taking itself too seriously.

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