The Literature of the English Bible

The Literature of the English Bible

The Literature of the English Bible

The Literature of the English Bible

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The Bible as English Literature . So many different meanings and usages are attached to the phrase 'The Bible' that it is desirable at the very outset to understand exactly what is meant when people speak of the Bible as a part of English Literature. To Jews of the modern world, as well as to the Hebrews of the era before Christ, the Bible, or the Holy Scriptures, means the 'Old Testament,' consisting of the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings. To Christians of the modern world, the Bible consists of (1) these writings of the Old Testament; (2)the writings of the New Testament, a record of the life and work and teaching of the founder of the Christian religion and of his immediate followers; and (3), with certain reservations as to interpretation and use, the books of the Apocrypha, writings composed approximately during the last three centuries of the era before Christ, and for the first time attached to the Hebrew Bible in the Greek translation known as the Septuagint. Of the many translations into English of the whole Bible, extending from the fourteenth to the twentieth century A.D., one only deserves the distinction of being regarded as a part of English literature -- the King James Version of 1611. Later versions or translations -- such as the English Revised of 1885 or the American Standard of 1901 -- are often more accurate in their . . .

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