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MAGAZINES & JOURNALS
A glance at the November/December issue of "Science & Spirit":
How the King James Bible changed English
William Shakespeare never read the writing on the wall, fell
flat on his face, or escaped anything by the skin of his teeth
because he died just when the King James version of the Bible
was beginning to influence the English language, says Alister
McGrath, a professor of historical theology at the University of
The translators who produced the early-17th-century King James
Bible believed that a word-by-word translation of Greek and
Hebrew texts would be the most accurate, he says, so they did
not paraphrase idiomatic expressions. "This literal translation
of the Old Testament's Hebrew introduced a large number of new,
and somewhat unusual, phrases into the English language," he
At first, phrases like "to pour out one's heart," "from time to
time," and "to stand in awe" may have seemed strange, Mr.
McGrath says, but they quickly became familiar and were absorbed
into the language.
That should be no surprise, he says, because English has always
been remarkably willing to borrow words from other languages --
so much so that studying the history of English is "like looking
into a verbal melting pot."
"Maybe there is nothing new under the sun after all," he writes.
"Now wouldn't that be a fly in our ointment."
The article, "Something New Under the Sun," is online at
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