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Begat by David Crystal
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Dec 28, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: literature-general, bible-commentary
Read from December 28, 2010 to July 13, 2011 — I own a copy

It's hard to know who this book would appeal to. It is a tracing of words and phrases found in the Bible into wider cultural use. Chapter by chapter David Crystal works his way through the Bible and identifies how biblical language has been taken up by society - usually without recognizing their biblical foundations. It's more of a book for those who are curious about such things than any kind of meaningful interaction with either the Bible or culture.

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