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Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2010
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In the Beginning, James.
Orphaned, bullied, lonely, and unloved as a boy, in time the young King of Scots overcame his troubled beginnings to ascend the English throne at the height of England's Golden Age. In an effort to pacify rising tensions in the Anglican Church, and to reflect the majesty of his new reign, he spearheaded the most important literary undertaking in Western history-the translation of the Bible into a beautiful, lyrical, and accessible English.
David Teems's narrative crackles with wit, using a thoroughly modern tongue to reanimate the life of this seventeenth century king-a man at the intersection of political, literary, and religious thought, yet a man of contrasts, dubbed by one French king as "the wisest fool in Christendom."
Warm, insightful, even at times amusing, Teems's depiction of King James has all the elements of a grand tale-conspiracy, kidnapping, witchcraft, murder, love, despair, loss. Majestie offers an engaging new look at the world's most cherished, revered, and influential translation of Sacred Writ and the king behind it.
"Engrossing and entertaining a delightful read in every way." - Publishers Weekly
According to Teems, King James was something of a paradox. He was brilliant yet foolish, majestic yet vulgar, loving yet sadistic. Similarly, the writing style of Majestie is an odd, and perhaps awkward, mix of down-to-earth conversation and august Middle English. As the book progresses from the childhood of King James to the literary cultivation of the new Bible, the tone varies from exciting narrative to extended excerpts of various seventeenth-century commentaries. Whereas such selections support his statements with research, the frequency with which they appear may drown more than actually enlighten readers.
As Majestie explores the ins and outs of King Jamess character, it concludes that no king but he could have brought about the Bible that we now call the King James Version. After all, Teems asserts, James was not only the king of Great Britain during the Golden Age of literature, he also was a published scholar, a flawed but visionary leader, and a firm believer in divine right. Like Queen Elizabeth before him, he was a middle-of-the-road Protestant and a wily politician. In the context of English history, the King James Bible arrived much as Jesus hadwhen the fullness of the time was come (Gal. 4:4, KJV).
As a whole, Majestie emerges amidst flurries of quotationsallusions of grandeurand wandering prose as a satisfying and informative narrative. At times, its references are obscure. Other times, it beats concepts over the head. However, the content is digestible, if not always rewarding. Particularly fascinating is the study of the challenges, successes, and evolution of English Bible translations. Under scrutiny, it is almost uncanny how Majestie, as a book, reflects its portrait of King James and his Bible: filled with marvelous language, but often bumbling; far-sighted, but imperfect. I recommend this book for adults with an interest in history or the origins of the modern Bible. Daniel Morton, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Robert E LeeMiami, FLAge: 18-24Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Very well researchedNovember 12, 2013Robert E LeeMiami, FLAge: 18-24Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4The author writes in very good detail and a well researched work. He leaves in the original spellings of many of the quotes. The only thing that it doesn't go into is the life of King James after the King James Bible was published. Overall though the book was very well written.
jamesmadisonthomas5 Stars Out Of 5FascinatingJune 21, 2013jamesmadisonthomasQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Great writing and unexpected content. David Teems is brilliant. Makes me want to learn more about the period.
RayFOhioAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Pure MajestieApril 7, 2012RayFOhioAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I just finished reading Majestie By David Teems, and I must say it is a wonderful book. I read his book on Tyndale before this one, and while I like Tyndale better this book was one of the best books I've ever read. David seems to be able to transport you back in history to experience the things he describes. Anyone who wants a better understanding of church history as well as a better appreciation of the English Bible, this is a must read. I can only hope Mr. Teems comes out with another biography in the future.
Sandra KoterbaCleveland,OHAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Better than expectedOctober 31, 2010Sandra KoterbaCleveland,OHAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Majestie was more than a history book-it was an inside look at the life and court of King James, the religious climate of the times and much more. A very good read.