In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible and How It Changed a Nation

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In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible and How It Changed a Nation
In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible and How It Changed a Nation
Author Alister McGrath
New York, NY: Anchor Books, 2001

In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible and How It Changed a Nation

Reviewer John W. Welch

This thoroughly informative and completely enjoyable volume really tells a story. And what a story it is! The triumphant tale of the King James Bible is complete with political twists, religious controversies, national pride, royal machinations, scholarly posturing, economic opportunism, technological inventions, vested interests, profound compromises, and ultimately, phenomenal success. The author, who is Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University and Principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, knows this rich story inside and out, and he elucidates every stage and detail with captivating clarity.

Major players in this intriguing story include such notables as Johannes Gutenberg, John Wycliffe, Erasmus of Rotterdam, Martin Luther, Henry VIII, William Tyndale, Miles Coverdale, Richard Grafton, John Calvin, William Whittingham, Queen Elizabeth I, James I, John Reynolds, Richard Bancroft, six companies of translators (two each from Westminster, Cambridge, and Oxford), Charles I, Archbishop Willliam Laud, Oliver Cromwell, and Charles II. How can you lose with a cast like that?

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