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Crystal, David, 1941-
Begat : the King James Bible and the English language / David Crystal
Alternate Title King James Bible and the English language
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2010
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  BS537 .C79 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject Bible -- Language, style
Bible. English -- Versions -- Authorized
Subject(s) English language -- Terms and phrases -- History
Physical Description vii, 327 p. ; 23 cm
Note Includes indexes
Contents In the beginning -- Let there be light -- Be fruitful and multiply -- My brother's keeper -- Two by two -- A coat of many colours -- Fire and brimstone -- Begat -- Thou shalt not -- Manna, milk, and honey -- Eyes, teeth, and loins -- What hath been wrought -- Bread alone -- How are the mighty fallen! -- The skin of one's teeth -- Out of the mouths of babes -- Pride goes before a fall -- Nothing new under the sun -- Fly in the ointment -- No peace for the wicked -- Be horribly afraid -- Seeing the light -- Eyes, ears, cheeks -- Speaking, shouting, wailing, writing -- Shaking, turning, moving -- Many and few, first and last -- Fights, foes, fools, friends -- Praising famous men -- Sheep, goats, swine -- Money, wages, pearls, mites -- Blessed are the servants -- Heal thyself -- Times and seasons -- Birth, life, and death -- Countries, kingdoms, Armageddon -- Building houses, mansions, sepulchres -- Millstones, crosses, yokes, pricks -- Sowing seeds -- Salt and wine -- The law, judges, thieves, swords -- Love and charity -- Peace, patience, wrath, whore -- Appendixes. Expressions discussed in this book ; Number of references made to Old and New Testament sources
Summary How can a work published in 1611 have had such a lasting influence on the language? To answer this question, Crystal offers fascinating discussions of phrases such as "The skin of one's teeth" or "Out of the mouth of babes," tracing how these memorable lines have found independent life in the work of poets, playwrights, novelists, politicians, and journalists, and how more recently they have been taken up with enthusiasm by advertisers, Hollywood, and hip-hop. --from publisher description

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