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Study of the King James Bible

A Study of the King James Version of the Bible and its Influence on Life and Literature

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Published: 1912
Language: English
Wordcount: 63,698 / 184 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 58.4
LoC Categories: BL, BS
Downloads: 2,212
mnybks.net#: 4791
Origin: gutenberg.org
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ion--from the translation, and not from the original.

We owe still more to translation. While there is accumulating evidence that there was spoken in Palestine at that time a colloquial Greek, with which most people would be familiar, it is yet probable that our Lord spoke neither Greek nor Hebrew currently, but Aramaic. He knew the Hebrew Scriptures, of course, as any well- trained lad did; but most of His words have come down to us in translation. His name, for example, to His Hebrew mother, was not Jesus, but Joshua; and Jesus is the translation of the Hebrew Joshua into Greek. We have His words as they were translated by His disciples into the Greek, in which the New Testament was originally written.

By the time the writing of the New Testament was completed, say one hundred years after Christ, while Greek was still current speech, the Roman Empire was so dominant that the common people were talking Latin almost as much as Greek, and gradually, because political power was behind it, the Lati

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