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

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Oxford University Press, May 15, 2002 - History - 238 pages
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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 common.
 

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As indicated by the title, this book chronicles the vicious debates between American Protestants over the translation and publication of different versions of the Bible, particularly the American ... Read full review

Contents

Sharper Than Any TwoEdged Sword The Bible in Modern American Protestantism
3
History Hagiography and the Consecration of the English Bible
17
Bible Revision and the LateNineteenthCentury Imagination
41
A gallery of photos
67
Liberal Protestants and the Making of the RSV Bible
67
BibleBurning RedHunting and the Strange Specter of Unholy Scripture
93
Evangelicals and Liberals in the Quest for an Undefiled Book
121
Virginity Lost Virginity Regained? Translation and Scripturalism Since 1965
145
Notes
157
Bibliography
203
Index
221
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Peter J. Thuesen is Associate Professor of religious studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

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