90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
High And Holy: The King James Bible

The King James Bible at 400: we’ll look at its colorful history and deep impact.

(simpologist/Flickr)

(simpologist/Flickr)

In 1604, King James of England and Scotland needed a new Bible to bind his kingdoms. The word went out, the scholars were gathered, an epic job was done, and in 1611, the King James Bible was delivered.

It was antique-sounding, even in its day. August. High-blown. Majestic. And, for centuries, irresistible.

Its passages became the poetry of Christian devotion. Its texture became the texture of the English language. And its language — from salt of the earth to sweat of the brow — well, we’re still speaking it, every day.

This hour On Point: The King James Bible at 400.

- Tom Ashbrook

Guests:

Gordon Campbell, professor of renaissance studies at the University of Leicester and author of “Bible: The Story of the King James Version 1611-2011.”

Margaret Mitchell, dean of the divinity school at the University of Chicago and professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature. She’s author of “Paul, the Corinthians and the Birth of Christian Hermeneutics” and co-editor of “The Cambridge History of Christianity, Vol. 1.”

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Oct 31, 2014
Nurse Kaci Hickox, right, and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur are followed by a Maine State Trooper as they ride bikes on a trail near her home in Fort Kent, Maine, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.  (AP)

Quarantines and Ebola. An exploding rocket. Apple’s CEO comes out. Hawaiian lava flows. Midterms in the home stretch. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Oct 31, 2014
Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) and Sauncho Smilax (Beninico del Toro) share a drink in a scene from the upcoming Paul Thomas Anderson film, "Inherent Vice," an adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name. (Courtesy Warner Bros. Entertainment)

From “Interstellar” to “Into the Woods.” The biggest and best movies of the fall and holiday seasons. What to see, what to skip.

RECENT
SHOWS
Oct 31, 2014
Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) and Sauncho Smilax (Beninico del Toro) share a drink in a scene from the upcoming Paul Thomas Anderson film, "Inherent Vice," an adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name. (Courtesy Warner Bros. Entertainment)

From “Interstellar” to “Into the Woods.” The biggest and best movies of the fall and holiday seasons. What to see, what to skip.

 
Oct 31, 2014
Nurse Kaci Hickox, right, and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur are followed by a Maine State Trooper as they ride bikes on a trail near her home in Fort Kent, Maine, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.  (AP)

Quarantines and Ebola. An exploding rocket. Apple’s CEO comes out. Hawaiian lava flows. Midterms in the home stretch. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
The Explicast, Episode Three: What Is The Dow Jones Industrial Average?
Friday, Oct 31, 2014

We dig in to that all-important, all-confusing daily stock notice: the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

More »
Comment
 
Our Week In The Web: October 31, 2014
Friday, Oct 31, 2014

We tumble for ya, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Tuco the Massachusetts K-9 Unit puppy in training.

More »
1 Comment
 
Awards Season 2014: The Movies Worth Your Time
Friday, Oct 31, 2014

What movies should you watch before 2014 comes to a close? Our critics offer their picks for the movies of the season right here.

More »
Comment