A Textual History of the King James Bible
David Norton has recently re-edited the King James Bible for Cambridge University and this book arises from his intensive work on that project. He reveals here how the text of the most important Bible in the English language was made, and how it was changed by printers and editors until it became the text we know today in 1769. Using material as diverse as the manuscripts of the original translators, and the results of extensive computer collation of electronically held texts, Norton has produced a scholarly edition of the King James Bible that will restore the authority of the 1611 translation. This book includes the bible's fascinating background, Norton's editorial principles and substantial lists and tables of variant readings. It will be indispensable to scholars of the English Bible, literature, and publishing history. A website with additional resources (www.cambridge.org/kjv) will be available one month prior to publication.
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Pre1611 evidence for the text 29
The first edition 46
The Kings Printer at work 1612 to 1617 62
Correcting and corrupting the text 1629 to 1760 82
Setting the standard 1762andl769 103
The current text 115
Variants and orthography 131
Punctuation and other matters 149
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annotations Apocrypha appears Barker Bible Society Bishops Blayney Blayney's Bois's notes Cambridge edition Cambridge Paragraph Bible changes chapter collation compositor correct current text deliberate Deut Ecclus edition's English Esdras evidence example Exod Ezek Ezra folio followed Geneva Geneva Bible gives haue Hebrew inconsistent involved italics John Josh Kilburne King James Bible later editors letter literal Lord Luke Macc manuscript margin marks master copy Matt McKitterick modern modernised Norton octavo original Oxford Parris possible Prayer of Manasses printing punctuation quarto reader reference revision roman type scholarly Scrivener Scrivener's second edition sense shows spelling standard suggests summary Synod of Dort Targum Jonathan textual thee thou translators variations verse vnto words