Literature for all

In his New Year’s address the Archbishop of Canterbury recommended the King James Bible as a beautiful and surprising text which could be insightful for people of all faiths or none. I applaud him but adopting his own critical approach would also issue a caution; be wary of those who wish to turn it into a chauvinistic totem!

Sometimes the King James Bible suffers the same fate as  the works of Shakespeare, at the hands of those who cherish its role as a crucible of the english language and as a cultural artefact, and is used as a focus for national pride and snobbery- that it was commissioned by a scotsman and drew largely  on earlier proscribed translations should go some way towards  undermining that agenda.

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