Friday, October 15, 2010

The Treasure of God's Word compiled by Jack Countryman

BookSneeze sent me this beautiful copy of "The Treasure of God's Word: Celebrating 400 Years of the King James Bible." Being an English major, this specific Bible had a profound impact on my education. We read parts of the work in class and there was always mention of the impact the KJV had on the English language. I got to go more in depth during my History of the English Language class (PS my favorite class ever) so this book was right along my lines.

The book is divided between the history of the King James Bible and passages from said text. It is a beautiful book - if you were judge a book by its cover, this is a good cover choice. There are eight chapters of history (very small, easy reading) that I only wish were longer. I wanted to know more about the translation process; I wanted to delve further into the process and the committee behind it. However, I think I probably would have to take a class on that for more information.

The passages brought together between these covers are split by subjects: God's Love, God's Mercy, God's Power, Our Salvation, Our Friend, Power of Prayer, etc. While I don't normally read the KJV, I do appreciate the language of the text. Sometimes it's hard for me to understand what they are talking about without a more modern version, but I do know that this version is the closest English version to the original versions (or so I've heard?).

If you are looking for a more in-depth history or commentary on the KVJ and the translation process, I would recommend a more history-minded book. However, I think this would make a great present for someone interested in the Bible. I think a copy for my grandfather-in-law would be a fitting gift.

You can buy "The Treasure of God's Word: Celebrating 400 Years of the King James Bible" on Amazon for $12.23.

Disclaimer: I received this book from BookSneeze in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own and are honest. Others may or may not have the same experiences with the product and/or company.

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