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.
'His scholarship cannot be bettered ... In the face of centuries of highly coloured myths, his dogged and committed analytic detail is greatly to be welcomed.' Professor David Daniell, Emeritus Professor of English at UCL '... meticulously researched and clearly written ... This is a tremendous achievement and a valuable addition to biblical literature.' Contemporary Reviews 'In recounting the history of the textual transmission of the English Bible, Dr Norton has produced an impressive piece of work. Not only does he provide a mass of information on a much fuller scale than has ever been attempted before, but he presents it with admirable clarity, using such manuscript evidence as is available, and full lists and tables of variant readings as well as the resources of computer technology. In short, it is a milestone in its particular field, and other scholars and students will find it indispensable.' Canon Professor J. R. Porter, Professor Emeritus of Theology, Exeter University, Church Times '... work of awe-inspiring diligence. ... one can have nothing but praise for a beautifully written and handsomely presented piece of work.' Epworth Review 'His book will be the definitive work on the subject for a long time to come, and is unlikely to be superseded unless and until significant new evidence comes to light ...' Churchman '... detailed analysis ... formidable attention ... an essential reference.' Religious Studies Review