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The English Bible: A History of Translations from the Earliest English Versions to the New English Bible, New and Revised Ed
The English Bible A History of Translations from the Earliest English Versions to the New English Bible New and Revised Ed Author:F. F. Bruce A history of translations from the earliest English versions of the New English Bible. — This authoritative work has been thoroughly revised and extended by Professor Bruce to include the New English Bible published in completed form in 1970. — The Bible in the English tongue stands amongst the great achievements of all times not only as a masterp... more »iece of inspired writing but as a witness to the place of the scriptures in the life of the English speaking peoples. The Bible in English has moulded the lives, character, and destiny of millions who make no pretence to be students of its text, and know little of its history or ultimate meaning. It has entered into the texture of the common life, and even those who do not read it in any version are aware of its pervading influence.
How all this happened is a fascinating story which combines divine guidance with human tenacity and devotion to God's word on the part of scholars, translators, printers, and distributors. Behind the story, too, is the surge of popular eagerness to read God's word in the language of the common people, an eagerness which still gives a welcome to the various versions of the Bible in the English speech of our times.
Professor Bruce in this comprehensive study of the various translations of the Bible into the English language traces the story from its earliest days to 1970, the year of publication of the completed New English Bible.
He moves with scholarly precision through a complicated history which displays the astonishing power of the Bible to inspire people of diverse allegiances with a desire to make plain what it is that God's word is saying to them in their times. Here are the great names which adorn the story but also many lesser known ones which add life and romance to it.
This history of the translation of the English Bible brings together a range of facts and information which have previously been found mainly in specialized studies of the separate translations. It is a vigorous and authoritative history which will be widely welcomed as a splendid contribution to the history of the Bible.« less