In Discordance with the Scriptures

In Discordance with the Scriptures : American Protestant Battles Over Translating the Bible

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The story of the translation of the Bible in America begins with the King James Version. In fact, many Americans thought of the KJV as the foundational text of the Republic, rather than a cultural inheritance from Anglican Britain. In the nineteenth century, however, as new editions of the Greek New Testament appeared, scholars increasingly recognized significant errors and inconsistencies in the KJV. This soon led to the Bible revision movement, whose goal was the uniting of all English-speaking Protestants behind one new, improved version of the Bible. Ironically, as Peter Thuesen shows in this fascinating history, the revision movement in fact resulted in a vast proliferation of English scripture editions and an enduring polarization of American Christians over versions of holy writ. This proliferation of translations, he argues, shows something important about contemporary attitudes toward scripture. Although the Bible is regarded as immutable, conservatives and liberals alike now believe the text must evolve to fit the needs of each more

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  • Hardback | 250 pages
  • 163.8 x 241.6 x 25.9mm | 535.25g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 8 halftones, 3 line illustrations
  • 0195127366
  • 9780195127362

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The book is a necessary historical survey that engages with the crucial issues at stake, it will provide essential reading for those exploring the history of modern Bible translations or documenting a particular translation against its context. Brethren Archivists & Historians Network Review ... intensely interesting and well-written book ... stimulating. Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society Thuesen expertly weaves historial research with theological assessment. Reviews in Religion and Theology In Discordance with the Scriptures suits upper-level undergraduates studying American religious history and anyone interested in the history of biblical interpretation. It understandably received the American Society of Church History's Brewer Prize. Thuesen writes clearly and provocatively. Reviews in Religion and Theologyshow more

About Peter J. Thuesen

Peter J. Thuesen is Assistant Professor of American religious history and the history of Christianity in the Department of Comparative Religion at Tufts more

Table of contents

Introduction: Sharper than Any Two-Edged Sword: The Bible in Modern American Protestantism; 1. The Blood of the Martyr: History, Hagiography, and the Consecration of the English Bible; 2. Coronation of "King Truth": Bible Revision and Late Nineteenth-Century Imagination; 3. Scripture for the Ecumenical Church: Liberal Protestants and the Making of the RSV Bible; 4. The Great RSV Controversy: Bible-Burning, Red-Hunting, and the Strange Spector of Unholy Scripture; 5. The Virgin Text: Evangelicals and Liberals in the Quest for an Undefiled Book; Epilogue: Virginity Lost, Virginity Regained? Translation and Scriptualism since 1965show more

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