A Book about the English Bible

A Book about the English Bible

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A Book about the English Bible

A Book about the English Bible

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This volume is simply what its title indicates, "A Book about the English Bible." It has grown out of a series of lectures delivered to students in the University of Pennsylvania, the purpose of which was to give a brief account of the English Bible, its immediate sources and their contents, their literary background and surroundings, the forms and characteristics of the constituent books and their relation to each other. To the chapters, in which these subjects are suggested, rather than discussed, have been added several others containing a short history of the translation of the Bible into English, from Saxon times to our own day. Attention is called to the differences between the commonly used English versions as regards contents and translation, and to the reasons for the differences.

It is hoped that the reader may be sufficiently interested by what is said in the various chapters, to desire to pursue the study further by means of other books such as those named in the appended Bibliography.

To my colleagues Dr. C. G. Child and Dr. J. A. Montgomery, of the University of Pennsylvania, and to Dr. F. C. Porter and Dr. E. H. Sneath, of Yale University, all of whom read the manuscript, or special portions of it, and to my brother Dr. James H. Penniman who read the proof, I desire to express my gratitude for suggestions and corrections. To Dr. Montgomery I am indebted also for his kind permission to print his translation of several of the poems of Isaiah.

Thanks are due to publishers for permission to make quotations from their copyrighted books; to Houghton . . .

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