The Day after Domesday: The Making of the Bishops' Bible

The Day after Domesday: The Making of the Bishops' Bible

by Jack P. Lewis

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Though more than four hundred years have elapsed since the Bishops' Bible was first published in 1568, its story has never been adequately told. No book-length evaluation has been published, and no adequate bibliography is available for guidance in studying this least known of the Tudor-period Bibles. This neglect is surprising in that Shakespeare's earlier plays reflect his use of the Bishops' Bible and that the Bishops' Bible was used by the translators of the King James Version as the basis for their revision. This study depicts the religious, literary, and intellectual atmosphere that produced the Bishops' Bible, describes its place in sixteenth-century translations, re-evaluates its contribution to the study of the English Bible, and investigates the history and qualifications of the men invited to participate in the translation project. Attention is given to the artwork, the most elaborate of any in first editions of early English Bibles, and to the notes designed to correct the objectionable Calvinistic notes of the Geneva Bible. A presumption that the bishops would not prepare a better Bible until "a day after domesday" gives the title to this study--The Day after Domesday.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498233446
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 03/02/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 170
File size: 37 MB
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About the Author

Jack P. Lewis (1919-) received PhDs from Harvard University and Hebrew Union, was Senior Fellow at the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem, Israel (1982-83), and is Professor Emeritus of Harding School of Theology, Memphis, Tennessee. Lewis served as translation consultant and editorial committee member for the New International Version. He has authored numerous articles and books, including The English Bible from KJV to NIV (1981).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Preface xi

Abbreviations xiii

Introduction xvii

1 "The Translation of the Bible … Committed to Mete Men" 1

2 "Able Bishops and Other Learned Men" 21

3 The Bible of the Largest Volume Commonly Read in the Churches 56

4 "They Have Bought a Newe Bible" 68

5 Influence of the Bishops' Bible 77

6 Art in the Bishops' Bible 91

7 "A New Translation … to Rectify the Former" 114

Conclusion 125

Appendix 139

Bibliography 143

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