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John Drury's clear, marvelously erudite, and richly detailed introduction to the Everyman's Library edition of The New Testament reminds us why the King James Version, first published in 1611, has been the favorite of English readers for centuries. Despite a plethora of new translations in the second half of the twentieth century, the King James Version retains its power ...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published March 2nd 1999 by Everyman's Library (first published 382)
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Kalle Nordenstorm
Oct 28, 2016 rated it liked it
A zombie invasion, Jesus healing people with spit, prophet-slave-girls, wizards ... When you read the bible as literature and not scripture you will notice that the Bible isn't a very Christian book, and you will realize that Christianity in the generations after Jesus was even more diverse than it is to day.

The first third of the NT is the gospels, four quite different accounts of the life of Jesus. Mark is the story about a foul-tempered wizard. Luke is the oriental fairy tale of a mystic,
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BrotherSkip
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Only seven chapters completed, but there's no reason to wait on reviewing. Johnny Cash's voice is almost perfect in this addition. He didn't try to perform like some other readers do, but this is like listening to an ol' friend. The man in black simply shines.
Mark Stephenson
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Jesus is peerless - but not friendless. Indeed a measure of what makes him without peer is the huge number of good and noble people who have aspired and still aspire to friendship with him. And whether friend, enemy or simply stranger to Jesus, what an infinite Friend and Advocate every human being has in the peerless only begotten Son of our Father which is in heaven! "Since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be ...more
Daniel Polansky
Look, I don’t want to start a religious war here, and I’m not a believer so it’s not like I really have a dog in the fight, but there’s just nothing in this to match the sheer aesthetic genius of Genesis, let alone the brutal profundity of Job or Ecclesiastes. On the other hand, Matthew 6:17 is kinda my jam.
Douglas Wilson
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read through this translation once or twice before. It is by Richmond Lattimore, the noted classicist, and is quite good. This time through I read it aloud with Nancy in our morning ingestion of both kinds of caffeine.
Laura
Sep 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished reading this over a week ago. I have been pondering what I wanted to say here about my experience. I bought a self contained, soft-cover copy of the New Testament. It seemed surprisingly small to me. It’s only 404 pages. The book is only about 3/8ths of an inch thick. Contained within those four hundred plus pages is the testimony of the men who walked and talked with the Savior of the World. They bear their witness of His mortal life and His divine mission.

Within these pages’ one
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Daniel Roberts
I'm not sure I like what breaking the Bible into the Old and New Testaments to boost my yearly read count says about me.

I'm also not sure I like Paul very much.
Jelena
Jan 15, 2016 added it
Shelves: myth-folklore
Well, everyone knows the story: Conceived by a substance surrounding and exceeding everything and everyone, a child is born into an impoverished family in a barren land. Yet three wise travellers know the child to be the one who is awaited and foretold by the prophecy. Many years his whereabouts are uncertain, but he does return: grown up and with a reputation that precedes him. He returns to the capital in a fashion that makes everyone take notion of him: with passion and fire and vigour, ...more
Ashley
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first time I've read the New Testament straight through. I started with the gospels and once I finished I was like, what the heck. Let's just keep going.

Reading through the NT, verse by verse, book by book, puts the tenets of Christianity in a whole new light. Too many Christians swallow whatever comes from a pulpit (and yes, Fox News counts). The only way to get the real story--the real truth--is to read it.

The NT is definitely a time consuming read, especially if you're just
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Erik Graff
Mar 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those seeking a fresh take on the Xian Scriptures
Recommended to Erik by: found it at a library give-away shelf in NYC
Shelves: religion
One may remember Lattimore from high school or a college humanities course as the translator of Homer. I did and was surprised to see he had tackled the Christian Scriptures as well.

A literary man, not a biblical scholar, Lattimore's edition is weak when compared to scholarly editions of the text such as the New Oxford (RSV), the New Jerusalem (Catholic) or the New English (Anglican). The virtue of his work, however, is that he could translate without a committee looking over his shoulder and,
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Poopshelf
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Relinquishing the commandment of God you cling to the tradition of men. (Mark 7:8)'

Canonizing the epistles was a mistake. Let's just say setting aside a good third of the New Testament to documents authorizing one interpretation of Jesus' message might just have been politically motivated.
Kristen
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I don’t think I ever read the entire Bible in 12 years of Catholic school. In this version, some Books were narrated by Edward Herrmann and LeVar Burton, so those were easy to listen to. Other narrators were more difficult to listen to, so I definitely plan on sitting down and reading The Bible one day.
A.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
As a Christian, I love the Gospels, but a lot of Paul's words are a real slog.
Jake
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a treat to re-read the New Testament this year; to focus on the life and teachings of the Savior and to rediscover many great writings of the Apostles.
Heather
One of my favorite scriptures in the New Testament is in Romans 8, starting with verse 31: "What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?...Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?...Nay, in all these things are we more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things ...more
John
Oct 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very useful text. Basically you have *most* words that occur 30 times or less in the apparatus beneath the text. The author also defines some more common words that take an unusual form or unusual meaning. There is an appendix in the back for words that occur more than 30 times.

The editor does a pretty good job. Frequently he also defines idioms that occurs - though not always.

This is an ideal text for a late second year.

There are some irksome features of the text. First, many times the
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loudermilk
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
cotton reels
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when i was a hissy pissy baby [screams and beatle faints]
thank you, thank you very much, my momma used to push me in my gravy
singin' "whoa, hissy pissy shut up!"

an win a was a hissy pissy toddler
mah momma gon'n threw me over her shoulder, (please join in, i landed on my head)
singin "whoa! hissy pissy shut up!"

ween a was a hissy piss'n teen
poor momma kickin evry thing she seen ('cept that)
sing it old, "hissy pissy shut up!"

and when i phoned my
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Alex
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
Bit of a mishmash really. Lots of familiar stories, an insight into the values of the times, much repetition. Some wonderful resonant language. Much of it is of no particular interest unless you're a student of religion or have some other reason to read it. As a general reader I found it more of a slog than, say, James Joyce's Ulysses (and some of it frankly more bewildering too). Not something I'd want to recommend or read again, but at least it's a 'great book' to tick off my list.
Ryan
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual
Definitely one of he greatest books ever. Its entire purpose exists in helping mankind achieve their best. I sure hope I'm not at my best but I know that abiding by these teachings I will get there.

This time through I listened to this amazing book and it is quite fascinating how you hear things different when you listen to it.
Lisa Brown
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, religious
The beautiful history of the birth, life and teachings, as well as the resurrection of Jesus Christ, as well as the history of his apostles. I have read this multiple times, but it always touches my heart and strengthens my faith in my Savior.
Mateusz
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion, fantasy
Ok, parts where they where just giving you numbers of candlesticks in jerusalems temple where extremely boring, but they were kind a balanced by whole murderous rest of the book. But most of it were still boring. And full of contradictions.
Abby
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: in-translation
You know, honestly, I thought there'd be more Jesus in this.
R.
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first full passage through the New Testament. As much for my own notes as for any public review, here’s my take.

The Gospels: The first two Synoptics I love. They are beautiful and mysterious, and the sheer density of idioms and common expressions that derive from it are astounding. As early as the first few chapters of Matthew I’m thinking “so that’s where literally all English expressions come from.” The example and standard Christ sets I find inspiring. I’m drawn to it. Luke I didn
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Parnell
What a weird book. Reading it was enlightening and I recommend it but not because your life will suddenly make more sense but because you will understand the symbols and motifs that pervade Western society better.

It started with four books devoted to inconsistent re-tellings of the Genesis of Jesus and his cult of personality which also revealed to me the seed of the cult-like nature of NT Christianity. I also found it interesting how the tellings of his mystical powers (raising people from
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Jaclyn
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't often review religious texts, but I have been making a concerted effort in the past year to finish the scripture books I begin. I appreciate focused study, but the consistency of reading cover to cover has meant a lot lately. This is why I started "The New Testament" as we began the Come Follow Me study program.

It's harder for me to listen to The New Testament than The Book of Mormon, but I'm glad to have revisited the four Gospels again. Their nuanced descriptions of the Savior's life
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J.
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gregory Peck has a wonderful sonorous voice, perfect for the stately elevated diction of the King James Version. I'm familiar with the King James New Testament from my English major, English teacher, and ministry school days. I'm definitely a fan of the narratives as in the Gospels and Revelation. I had forgotten how much a struggle it was for me to be engaged with the various epistles. We only ever read short passages in church; while I appreciated learning context, I really wasn't feeling ...more
Calum
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truly, truly, I tell you: with this book I am well pleased. An excellent modern translation which (almost) allows the original text to be understood - apart from the Book of Revelations which is some of the craziest shit I've ever read and is SURELY the psychedelic ramblings of a monk who doesn't take the opportunity to leave his monastery basement as often as he should. I also feel there are an unnecessarily large number of Epistles in the book (over half the book is just letters!), however I ...more
Ellis Atwood
Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Um, am I allowed to rate this less than a 5? The gospels were good, but the epistles, particularly the early ones, were full of pointless meandering and really cryptic passages. I guess my beef is not with the King James Version, but with the fact that it is still commonly used, despite archaic language, cryptic passages, and unending barriers to understanding. Insisting on this older version just seems so exclusionary to your average person who doesn’t have a strong grasp of Shakespearean ...more
Benjamin Stahl
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
The Christian books of the Holy Bible, consisting of the four Gospels of Jesus Christ, the Acts of the Apostles, the numerous letters of Saint Paul and other early holy men, and finally the Revelation. Profoundly inspiring on its own, the New Testament is even more affirming when taken in context of the Old Testament, for therein lies the promise God gave His people. The New Testament is God's promise fulfilled.
Brenda Christensen
I studied the N.T. this year in church and have a new found love and appreciate for this book, and for the Savior who is, of course, the main subject. There are so many reminders of how to live a good, purposeful life. I have filled its margins and pages with highlights and notes, starred favorite passages, and included quotes as well. I will be turning to its pages often. It reaffirms my belief that through Jesus Christ, there can be peace in my life today and every day.
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