Reviews for Bible : Designed to Be Read As Living Literature the Old and the New Testaments in the King James Version
Library Journal Reviews 1993 October #1
This updated edition of the Bates bible (first published to enormous acclaim in 1936) appears at a time of increased interest in the Bible as literature. What does it offer new readers? Traditional chapter and verse numbers have been removed, and the books, especially narrative material, are divided into sense units. Poetry is printed in verse, and characters are identified in dramas (Job and Song of Songs). Material believed to hinder readers' enjoyment and understanding (genealogies, legal codes, repetition) has been omitted. Finally, the King James Version (KJV) is used because of its stature as a classic. Still, the question remains whether readers are attracted to the Bible as a literary classic or as scripture. If the former, all the editorial work can be justified. If the latter, it is debatable whether there is any ``clutter'' that needs to be deleted. In addition, the KJV is possibly not the best choice for presenting the Bible as ``living literature'' to people in the late 20th century. While this volume may inspire many to read the Bible for the first time, it is not the last word in ``reading Bibles.''-- Craig W. Beard, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham Copyright 1993 Cahners Business Information.