By Peter J. Thuesen
The tale of the interpretation of the Bible in the US starts with the King James model. in truth, many american citizens considered the KJV because the foundational textual content of the Republic, instead of a cultural inheritance from Anglican Britain. within the 19th century, even though, as new variations of the Greek New testomony seemed, students more and more famous major blunders and inconsistencies within the KJV. This quickly 1ed to the Bible revision circulate, whose aim used to be the uniting of all English-speaking Protestants in the back of one new, more desirable model of the Bible. satirically, as Peter Thuesen indicates during this interesting heritage, the revision move actually led to an enormous proliferation of English scripture versions and a permanent polarization of yank Christians over models of Holy Writ. The recurrent controversies over Bible translations, he argues, let us know much less in regards to the linguistic matters dividing conservatives and liberals than concerning the theological assumptions they've got lengthy held in universal.
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Having received a thoroughly Protestant education—one of his tutors was a correspondent of Calvin—young Edward was hailed upon his accession as a latter-day Josiah, the Judean king and reformer who took ofﬁce at the age of eight. Comparison of English monarchs with biblical ﬁgures was familiar practice; indeed, such parallels were implied in a precritical, typological reading of Scripture. For his opposition to idolatry, Henry VIII had been eulogized as the new Hezekiah, destroyer of the “brasen ser- The Blood of the Martyr 25 pent” (2 Kings 18:4).
Change came when James I accepted a Puritan proposal for a new translation, evidently because he feared that the “seditious” Geneva annotations questioned the divine right of kings. The new Bible, which came to be known as the Authorized (or King James) Version, eliminated the alleged threat to national security by removing all doctrinal glosses. 45 Yet with the Restoration, the tide turned decisively against Geneva, and the Authorized Version ﬁnally became the Bible for the English people. The overthrow of England’s last Catholic king in the Glorious Revolution of 1688 conﬁrmed Britain’s status as a Protestant nation and laid the groundwork for a new triumphalist historiography of the English Bible.
Lea, The Book of Books and Its Wonderful Story: A Popular Handbook for Colleges, Bible Classes, Sunday Schools . . 1925 *Edgar J. Goodspeed, The Making of the English New Testament 1928 James Baikie, The English Bible and Its Story: Its Growth, Its Translators, and Their Adventures 1929 P. Marion Simms, The Bible from the Beginning 1936 P. Marion Simms, The Bible in America: Versions that Have Played Their Part in the Making of the Republic 1940 *Edgar J. Goodspeed, How Came the Bible? 1949 *Luther A.
In Discordance with the Scriptures: American Protestant Battles Over Translating the Bible (Religion in America) by Peter J. Thuesen