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James4 Stars Out Of 5January 31, 2005JamesI looked at the size of this book and figured I would be through it in a weekend. Almost a month later when I finished, I thought I should be sitting down to write a final exam. This deceivingly thin book is a very thorough, yet well paced (considering the necessary contents) introductions to much of Christian, linguistic, biographical and textual history. It must be stressed that this is still a work aimed entirely at the popular level, so a history major might be unimpressed with some of McGrath's simplifications. Yet on the whole it presents an exciting perspective on an era we are frequently less informed about that we should be in the Western church, particularly in North America.For a writer who is making these occasional efforts at the popular level, McGrath brings the greatest gem of academia to this disciple, RESEARCH. I can think of no one who has undertaken a popular account on this topic, at this level who has invested so much time into researching the original documents (and, it seems, all the secondary sources in existence...). This dynamic especially makes In the Beginning a worthwhile addition to anyone's personal interest reading. However, I recommend planning on being consumed by this book for more than a weekend.
John5 Stars Out Of 5February 17, 2004JohnThis is a wonderful, detailed book about the 1611 King James bible and the circumstances which helped, mold, make it, bring it about, etc. A very interesting book about the details surrounding the developement of one of the greatest versions (translations) of the bible ever written. Great reading, highly recommended!!!
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