Bible Translation and Performance for the Parish: The Enduring Beauty of the King James Version

James A. Maxey

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 7/1/2011

Issue: Bible Translation (Vol. 31, No 3, Summer, 2011)

"Beauty" was a guiding principle of the translators of the King James Version, and it has remained a goal of many translators over the past four hundred years. A text's beauty is best experienced, however, when a text is heard, not when it is read silently. "Performing" the biblical texts orally is a way to convey both the beauty and the meaning of the Bible to contemporary hearers.

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