The Bible: Curt, Clear, Complete


The Rev. Alexander Jones regards the time-hallowed imagery and metaphoric prose of the King James Version of the Bible with deep admiration and a touch of whimsy: "It would be impossible to do the Times's crossword puzzle without it." Like most other scriptural scholars, Roman Catholic Father Jones, professor of divinities at Liverpool's Christ College, also believes that the Bible is in danger, precisely because of the King James's language, of becoming incomprehensible—"a beautiful mummy embalmed in Elizabethan English." To help the Bible "do its job" afresh, Father Jones and...

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