New in paperback

02 November 2006


DAVID DANIELL's acclaimed book The Bible in English: Its history aninfluence has now been published in paperback (Yale University Press14.99 (13.50); 0-300-11408-7). At nearly 900 pages, this is a substantiastudy of English versions of the Bible from Anglo-Saxon times to the 20tcentury (the last being the Revised English Bible of 1989). The book is aimportant one for anyone interested in English and North American literatureculture, and history, but Professor Daniell still tells an entertaining storin his approachable style. As David Edwards noted of the hardback editio(Books, 1 August 2003): "his most striking conclusion is one of grief that thBible in English, however translated, has so largely lost its life-givinsignificance in the wider culture."

Another substantial volume that has taken much longer to be issued ipaperback is The Apocryphal New Testament: A collection of apocryphaChristian literature in an English translation based on M. R. James bJ. K. Elliott, which was first published in 1993 (Oxford University Press, 3(31.30); 0-19-826181-0). This is a vital resource, presenting 700 pages oearly texts, including the Infancy Gospel of Thomas, Oxyrhynchus Papyri, thActs of Paul, and various Apocalypses - all translated into modern English. Thbook covers material that has come to light since M. R. James's best-sellincollection of 1924, and has a small sample of Gnostic texts. Each is presentewith a concise introduction and bibliography.  

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