The First English Bible Paperback

The Text and Context of the Wycliffite Versions

by Mary Dove;

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The First English Bible

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The Bible was translated into English for the first time in the late 1300s by John Wyclif and his supporters. In the first study of the Wycliffite Bible for nearly a century, Mary Dove explains why people wanted an English translation, why many clergy opposed the idea, and why the Church's attempt to censor the translation was unsuccessful. Based on intensive study of the surviving manuscripts, Dove takes the reader through every step of the conception, design and execution of the first English Bible. Illuminating examples are included at every point, and textual analyses and a complete listing of surviving manuscripts are appended. Despite the meagre and inadequate resources with which the Wycliffites carried through their enormous enterprise, and the disagreements and changes of direction it involved, Dove demonstrates that the first English Bible initiated a tradition of scholarly, stylish and thoughtful biblical translation, and remains a major cultural landmark.

The First English Bible by Mary Dove was published by Cambridge University Press in March 2011. The ISBN for The First English Bible is 9780521175470.

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Details for The First English Bible

Page last updated 15th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherCambridge University Press (March 2011)
Number of Pages334
Thickness19 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code3512699
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