To mark the 400th anniversary of this ‘noblest monument of English prose’, James Naughtie tells the story of how and why James I (VI of Scotland), commissioned a new translation of Christianity’s holy book.
In the last of three programmes, James Naughtie examines the enduring legacy and resonance of the King James Bible in British culture and society. Also featured are examples of many expressions in English that have their origins in the book, the relationship of the Bible with Handel’s ‘Messiah’, and how the Bible’s influence has endured through a text that resonates with both believers and non-believers.
The result is an illuminating and enjoyable overview of the origins of what is still the most widely published text in the English language.
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