The Bible: Authorized King James Version, Paperback Book

The Bible: Authorized King James Version Paperback

Edited by Robert Carroll, Stephen Prickett

Part of the Oxford World's Classics series

4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The Bible is the most important book in the history of Western civilization, and also the most difficult to interpret.

It has been the vehicle of continual conflict, with every interpretation reflecting passionately-held views that have affected not merely religion, but politics, art, and even science.

This unique edition offers an exciting new approach to the most influential of all English biblical texts - the Authorized King James Version, complete with the Apocrypha.

Its wide-ranging Introduction and the substantial notes to each book of the Bible guide the reader through the labyrinth of literary, textual, and theological issues, using the most up-to-date scholarship to demonstrate how and why the Bible has affected the literature, art and general culture of the English-speaking world.

ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 1824 pages, 6 maps
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Bibles
  • ISBN: 9780199535941



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The Oxford World Classics Bible contains abundant and illuminating notes, explaining historical context, parallels in other ancient writings, discrepancies between Jewish and Christian traditions, translations and commentary. It also includes a glossary, maps and a truly mind-blowing bibliography. Very in-depth and extremely useful to those reading the Bible for its impact on Western literature and society.

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Of all the Christmas presents I knew I would be receiving this year, I hadn't thought it likely that the King James Bible would be the book which would capture so much of my attention. Yet, here I am on New Year's Day having completed the introduction, notes and extended extracts of this noticeably academic approach (text originally edited in the 1966) along the way experiencing solace, marvel, frustration, anger and fury (Leviticus) but ultimately surprise at how this book could be the cause of so much love and inspiration, death and destruction in a way that only goes to underscore the inconsistency of human beings. By treating it as literature, the editors are able to dispassionately review the quality of the words and investigate the dating of the books and authorship, underscoring that even the original scrolls are an interpretation of earlier stories and "manuscripts", never mind the bias later inserted through translation.

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