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Fri 24 Oct 2014 @ 16:38

RT @HodderFaithIn the run up to an office move, we're going to be giving away a lot of Christian books to churches etc. Head to: https://t.co/31JcAqr4hK

The Shadow of a Great Rock

A Literary Appreciation of the King James Bible

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ISBN-13: 9780300166835
Number of Pages: 320
Published: 02/09/2011
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"The King James Bible" stands at 'the sublime summit of literature in English', sharing the honour only with Shakespeare, Harold Bloom contends in the opening pages of this illuminating literary tour. Distilling the insights acquired from a significant portion of his career as a brilliant critic and teacher, he offers readers at last the book he has been writing 'all my long life', a magisterial and intimately perceptive reading of "The King James Bible" as a literary masterpiece. Bloom calls it an 'inexplicable wonder' that a rather undistinguished group of writers could bring forth such a magnificent work of literature, and he credits William Tyndale as their fountainhead.

Reading "The King James Bible" alongside "Tyndale's Bible", "The Geneva Bible", and the original Hebrew and Greek texts, Bloom highlights how the translators and editors improved upon - or, in some cases, diminished - the earlier versions. He invites readers to hear the baroque inventiveness in such sublime books as "The Songs of Songs", "Ecclesiastes", and "Job", and alerts us to the echoes of "The King James Bible" in works from the Romantic period to the present day. Throughout, Bloom makes an impassioned and convincing case for reading "The King James Bible" as literature, free from dogma and with an appreciation of its enduring aesthetic value.
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"Exhilarating, provocative. . . . Bloom [enriches] his remarks with lively associations and frequent references to his beloved Shakespeare (did you know that Hamlet's divided personality has much in common with King David's?). . . . When [Bloom] praises the English translators of John's Gospel, he calls their interpretation 'dazzling in its audacity.' The same, of course, can be said of this book."--Nick Owchar, "Los Angeles Times"--Nick Owchar "Los Angeles Times "

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Harold Bloom

Harold Bloom is Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University. He lives in New Haven, CT.

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