To mark the 400th anniversary of this ‘noblest monument of English prose’, James Naughtie tells the story of how and why James I (VI of Scotland), commissioned a new translation of Christianity’s holy book.
In the last of three programmes, James Naughtie examines the enduring legacy and resonance of the King James Bible in British culture and society. Also featured are examples of many expressions in English that have their origins in the book, the relationship of the Bible with Handel’s ‘Messiah’, and how the Bible’s influence has endured through a text that resonates with both believers and non-believers.
The result is an illuminating and enjoyable overview of the origins of what is still the most widely published text in the English language.
What would have made The Story of the King James Bible: The Legacy better?
It would have beed good to hear an actual study.
Has The Story of the King James Bible: The Legacy turned you off from other books in this genre?
No, this is just a very mediocre recording.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
too many voices with little to say.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Story of the King James Bible: The Legacy?
It's not a question. The entire text has lttle merit.