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 1ed 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. The recurrent controversies over Bible translations, he argues, tell us less about the linguistic issues dividing conservatives and liberals than about the theological assumptions they have long held in more

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  • Paperback | 250 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 340.19g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 6pp halftones
  • 019515228X
  • 9780195152289
  • 1,228,254

About Peter J. Thuesen

Peter J. Thuesen is Associate Professor of religious studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).show more

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yields a veritable cornucopia of insights into Protestant Bible translation ... a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the history of English Bible translation in the United States. * Christianity Today * A first-rate intellectual history of Protestants' elusive quest for the perfect English translation of the Bible. * Publishers Weekly *show 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 Specter of Unholy Scripture ; 5. The Virgin Text: Evangelicals and Liberals in the Quest for an Undefiled Book ; Epilogue: Virginity Lost, Virginity Regained? Translation and Scripturalism since 1965show more

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