The Making of the English New Testament

The Making of the English New Testament

The Making of the English New Testament

The Making of the English New Testament

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The four-hundredth anniversary of the first publication of the New Testament in English is an appropriate time to review the story of the English New Testament. These four centuries have not been uneventful as far as it is concerned, and we may well survey the efforts that they have witnessed to improve the English form of the New Testament, and the events that have led to these efforts. These pages are written in the hope that such a survey may contribute to a better understanding of the history of the English New Testament, about which there is now such widespread interest, and yet such widespread ignorance.

The past century has witnessed the transformation of industry, communication, and transportation, of medicine and the whole field of science, through modern discovery and invention. Many people mistakenly suppose that such advances have been limited to material progress. But as a matter of fact, the recent advances in literary and archaeological fields have been hardly less marked. The English New Testament in particular has not been outside this onward . . .

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