Thursday, August 5, 2010

Coming Soon from Baker Books - A Visual History of the King James Bible

Next year is the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.  Just as we saw last year with John Calvin's 500th birthday we can expect a lot on the King James Bible.  Coming in February from Baker Books is A Visual History of the King James Bible by Donald Brake and Shelly Beach.  If this sounds familiar to some of you it's because Brake had a previous book entitled A Visual History of the English Bible (see my post on that here).  Brake did a marvelous job on that book and I expect nothing less on this next one.  Here's the catalog description:
"For 400 years the King James Version of the Holy Bible has been the most influential book to be published in the English language. Now Bible collector and expert Donald L. Brake brings to life the fascinating story of its creation and proliferation throughout the English-speaking world. With beautiful and informative photos, illustrations, charts, and sidebars, Brake invites readers to explore the KJV's mysterious beginnings, the men who translated it, the manuscripts upon which that translation was based, the important people and places that influenced its production, and even Shakespeare's involvement in it."
"In an age where a new translation of the Bible seems to come about every few years, discover what has made the King James Version endure for four centuries."
As you recall when I did my survey of most popular Bible translations that sold in our store the King James came in third (a distant third but third nonetheless).  If you're looking for a good book on the King James Bible this one will be must for your library. 

Shelly Beach is the award-winning author of five books. She was on the writing team for The NIV Stewardship Study Bible and was a contributor to Holy Bible: Mosaic. She is a cofounder of the Cedar Falls Christian Writer's Workshop in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and the Breathe Christian Writer's Workshop in Grand Haven, Michigan.

Donald L. Brake (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is Dean Emeritus, Multnomah Biblical Seminary, Portland, Oregon. An avid collector of rare Bibles and manuscripts for more than 30 years, he has one of the most complete private collections of rare English Bibles and Greek New Testaments in America. He is a former pastor and the author of A Visual History of the English Bible. Brake lives in Washington.

Watch for it this February.  A Visual History of the King James Bible will be a hardcover with 272 pages and over 80 illustrations and sell for $24.99. 

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