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A History of the Bible as Literature

A History of the Bible as Literature

Volume 2. From 1700 to the Present Day

Part of A History of the Bible as Literature

  • Date Published: September 1993
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521333993


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  • Early eighteenth 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 favorable. In the nineteenth century it swelled into a chorus of praise for "the noblest monument of English prose." This volume traces how that reversal of opinion came about. The story of the development of modern literary discussion of the Bible in general is told also, showing not only how criticism has shaped understanding of the Bible but how the Bible has shaped literary criticism.

    • The first comprehensive critical idea of the Bible as literature
    • Will pick up on great interest in literary ideas about the Bible
    • Challenges conventional histories of the Bible
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Yes, A History of the Bible as Literature for readers of many interests is cause for rejoicing." The Catholic Historical Review

    "Norton's two volumes are movingly impressive works, exhilarating if exhausting to read. . . . Their range is encyclopedic and their scholarship beyond reproach."--Arachne

    "A History of the Bible as Literature is a compelling thorough work. Not only is the research humbling in its scope, but the writing is also lively and witty. These two volumes are certain to endure as an invaluable reference for students of the Bible as literature." Scott Ward, Southern Humanities Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1993
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521333993
    • length: 506 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 32 x 152 mm
    • weight: 0.91kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    1. The early eighteenth century and the KJB
    2. Mid-century
    3. The critical rise of the KJB
    4. Romantics and the Bible
    5. Literary discussion to mid-Victorian times
    6. The Revised Version
    7. 'The Bible as Literature'
    8. The later reputation of the KJB
    9. Narrative and unity: modern preoccupations
    10. This (spiritual) treasure in earthen/earthenware/clay vessels/pots/jars
    General index
    Biblical index.

  • Author

    David Norton

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