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A Textual History of the King James Bible and The New Cambridge Paragraph Bible

A Textual History of the King James Bible and The New Cambridge Paragraph Bible
2 Volume Hardback Set

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  • Date Published: April 2005
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print April 2011
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9780521844451

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  • David Norton has recently re-edited the King James Bible for Cambridge University and this book arises from his intensive work on that project. He reveals here how the text of the most important Bible in the English language was made, and how it was changed by printers and editors until it became the text we know today in 1769. Using material as diverse as the manuscripts of the original translators, and the results of extensive computer collation of electronically held texts, Norton has produced a scholarly edition of the King James Bible that will restore the authority of the 1611 translation. This book includes the bible's fascinating background, Norton's editorial principles and substantial lists and tables of variant readings. It will be indispensable to scholars of the English Bible, literature, and publishing history. A website with additional resources (www.cambridge.org/kjv) will be available one month prior to publication.

    • New Cambridge Paragraph Bible with companion volume by the same author explaining how he has revisited the original 1611 KJV, and discarded editorial alterations that crept in over time
    • Provides unique material for understanding the recognised King James Bible, as well as offering a new text restoring the authority of the original translation
    • The accompanying book lists and analyses the variant readings in early printings of the King James Bible
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    "This scholarly work will likely be of great interest to historical scholars of the Bible, not to mention aficionados of the King James Version."
    -Bible Editions and Versions

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2005
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9780521844451
    • length: 2298 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 184 x 84 mm
    • weight: 2.835kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print April 2011
  • Table of Contents

    The New Cambridge Paragraph Bible (with Apocrypha)
    A Textual History of the King James Bible
    Part I. The History:
    1. Making the text
    2. Pre-1611 evidence for the text
    3. The first edition
    4. The King's printer at work, 1612–17
    5. Correcting and corrupting the text, 1629–1760
    6. Setting the standard, 1762–1769
    7. The current text
    Part II. The New Edition:
    8. Variants and orthography
    9. Punctuation and other matters
    Appendices 1-9.

  • Author

    David Norton, Victoria University of Wellington
    David Norton is Reader in English at Victoria University of Wellington. He is the author of A History of the Bible as Literature, 2 vols (CUP, 1993, 0521333989 and 0521333997; revised and condensed as A History of the English Bible as Literature, 2000, 0521778077).

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