The Politics of the Revised Version
The Politics of the Revised Version

The Politics of the Revised Version

in Scriptural Traces

by Alan Cadwallader

Pages 224
Publisher T&T Clark
Published 2018
ISBN-13 9780567673466
Alan Cadwallader examines how the revision of the Authorised Version (that ran from 1870 until its published release in 1881) generated one of the most bitter instances of the political interests involved in the translation of a sacred book. Cadwallader shows how a public avowal of unity and fraternal harmony that characterized the public release and marketing of the New Testament revision in 1881 and the Old Testament revision in 1885 masks a tense historical reality that has not previously been reconstructed.

Through a thorough sifting of private correspondence, notebooks kept by some of the members of the New Testament Revision Company in England and the United States, and other not previously studied primary sources Cadwallader examines and presents the political situation that surrounded the translation. He exposes relations between an imperial, sovereign nation and the position of an Established Church; the aspirations and authenticity of denominations within a nation; the competitive tensions of national and international prestige and responsibility; and the ultimate control exercised by publishing houses that fundamentally flawed the process of revision and the public acceptance of the final product.

  • Table of contents
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • 1. The Contested Place of the KJV in the Nineteenth Century
  • 2. Planning and Countering a Revision
  • 3. Partisanship and Partnership in the Selection of Revisers
  • 4. The Westminster Scandal and the Americans
  • 5. Conflicts over Original Text and Method
  • 6. Identity Formation in Engagement with the New Testament
  • 7. Fellow-Revisers or Advisers: the Americans
  • 8.The Appendix of Nationhood: Language and Self-Definition
  • 9. The Economic Undertow: the University Presses
  • 10. The Selling of a New Testament Revision
  • 11. The Postlude
  • Appendix: The Manuscript Sources for the Revision of the Authorised Version
  • Index


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