May 30, 2011

The King James Bible and the Founding of the Republic

Bernard M. Levinson, University of Minnesota, and Joshua A. Berman have published The King James Bible at 400: Scripture, Statecraft, and the American Founding in the History Channel Magazine, November 2010, at page 1. Here is the abstract.

This short article addressed to a broader readership investigates the impact of the King James Bible upon the American founding. In order to show that impact, the article's first half portrays the political context for the formation of the King James, charts the influence of the Bible upon early modern political thought, and then sketches the impact of the KJV upon the rhetoric and political thought of the Founders. The essay is accompanied by a timeline.
Download the article from SSRN at the link.

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