Skip to content
Open global navigation

Cambridge University Press

AcademicLocation selectorSearch toggleMain navigation toggle
Cart
Register Sign in Wishlist

The Social Universe of the English Bible
Scripture, Society, and Culture in Early Modern England

$103.00

  • Date Published: November 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521769716

$103.00
Hardback

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Paperback


Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact collegesales@cambridge.org providing details of the course you are teaching.

Description
Product filter button
Description
Contents
Resources
Courses
About the Authors
  • How can we explain the immense popularity of the English Bible? Naomi Tadmor argues that the vernacular Bible became so influential in early modern English society and culture not only because it was deeply revered, widely propagated, and resonant but also because it was – at least in some ways – Anglicised. She focuses in particular on the rendering into English of biblical terms of social description and demonstrates the emergence of a social universe through the processes of translation from ancient and medieval texts to successive and inter-related English versions. She investigates the dissemination of these terms in early modern society and culture, focusing on community ties, gender and labour relations, and offices of state. The result is an important contribution to the history of the English Bible, biblical translations, and to early modern English history more generally.

    • An important contribution to our understanding of the shaping of the English Bible and its impact on early modern English society and culture
    • Focuses on how the translated terms affected contemporary society and culture
    • Provides an accessible interdisciplinary approach
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    "... as Naomi Tadmor brilliantly shows in The Social Universe of the English Bible, [the translators] domesticated the Old Testament, turning the alien landscape of the Hebrew into the reassuringly familiar landscape of early modern England...its implications are profound...it is Tadmor who makes the strongest case for the long-term effect [of the King James Bible] on our language and cultural assumptions." -Arnold Hunt, The Times Literary Supplement

    "a probing and deeply learned book by a historian whose Jewish background enables her to compare English translations of the Bible with the Hebrew original." - R.C. Richardson, The Times Higher Education Supplement

    "highly original... Tadmor's book provides essential reading on the changes in translation, and throws down a gauntlet on the reasons for and impact of those changes." -Ian Green, Journal of Ecclesiastical History

    "...short but superbly enlightening...a rare combination of linguistic expertise and acute historical sensitivity has allowed Tadmor to point us towards some genuinely fresh and important perspectives on the key authoritative text, and the central cultural values, of pre-modern (and to an extent, modern) Britain." -Peter Marshall, History

    "...an intelligent and original piece of work." -Lori Anne Ferrell, Huntington Library Quarterly

    "Connecting the theory and history of translation to early modern social history makes for multidisciplinary work of the best kind." -Lorri Anne Ferrell, Huntington Library Quarterly

    "A brilliantly erudite study, The Social Universe also makes for an unusually compelling reading experience... I know of no book that better communicates how hard it is to English the Bible—and how well early modern translators did." -Deborah Shuger, Church History

    "This is a fine and fruitful investigation; one ripe for development in keeping with all good studies." -Nicky Hallett, Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception

    "Tadmor’s book is a rarity among books on the English Bible (especially those appearing in 2011) for its original research into the texts, the critical sense it gives of important aspects of the translators’ work, and the precision with which translation is tied to social history. Jerusalem may not have become Atlanta, but aspects of Hebrew society were Anglicised in ways that we do not usually notice." English Historical Review

    "Brilliant … Tadmor’s book is full [of] insights, revealing what the English Bible and its world gained in translation." -Peter Lay, History Today

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity

    ×

    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?

    ×

    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521769716
    • length: 226 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Friends and neighbours in early modern England: biblical translations and social norms
    2. Women and wives: the language of marriage in early modern English biblical translations
    3. Slaves and servants: a Bible for freeborn Englishmen
    4. Prince, captain, lord, duke, and eunuch: the making of the English biblical polity
    Conclusion
    Select bibliography.

  • Author

    Naomi Tadmor, Lancaster University
    Naomi Tadmor is a Professor in the Department of History at Lancaster University.

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account

Cancel

Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website, your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

© Cambridge University Press 2014

Back to top

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.

Cancel Delete

Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

×
Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.
×