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A good book but as it was for a present I have not read it What Do The Following Have In Common Let There Be Light Whited Sepulchres A Rod Of Iron New Wine Into Old Bottles Lick The Dust How Are The Mighty Fallen A Thorn In The Flesh Wheels Within WheelsThey Re All In The King James Bible This Astonishing Book Has Contributed Far To English In The Way Of Idiomatic Or Quasi Proverbial Expressions Than Any Other Literary Source Wrote David Crystal In In Begat He Returns To The Subject He Asks How A Work Published In Could Have Had Such An Influence On The Language And Looks Closely At What That Influence Has Been He Comes To Some Surprising Conclusions No Other Version Of The Bible However Popular Such As The Good News Bible Or Imposed Upon The Church Like The New English Bible Has Had Anything Like The Same Impact David Crystal Shows How Its Words And Phrases Got Independent Life In The Work Of Poets, Playwrights, Novelists, And Politicians, And How Recently They Have Been Taken Up By Journalists, Advertisers, Hollywood, And Hip Hop He Reveals The Great Debt The King James Bible Owes To Its English Forebears, Especially John Wycliffe S In The Fourteenth Century And William Tyndale S In The Sixteenth He Also Shows That The Revisions And Changes Made By King James S Translators Were Crucial To Its Universal Success A Person Who Professes To Be A Critic In The Delicacies Of The English Language Ought To Have The Bible At His Finger S Ends, Lord Macaulay Advised Lady Holland In David Crystal Shows How True This Is His Book Is A Revelation I m a long time fan of Prof Crystal s writings, and I love his sensitivity to the English tone of voice In the present book, Crystal takes phrases from the KJV King James Version and investigates to what extent the English language has incorporated and adapted them into the way we speak and write He is also careful to note where phrases might have been common currency from before the KJV The writing is always amusing, polilshed, and informative However, I would have thought that a scholar of Prof Crystal s background would have focussed on the metalinguistic aspects of the KJV legacy Rhythmic and alliterative schemes, and the way the KJV speaks as it was clearly appointed to be read in churches No use cavailing over a book that has not been written although the title could be misleading in this respect The present volume will be an indispensable treasury for compilers of pub quizzes and those in search of spiritual after dinner conversation topics as well as being a good read from the pen of an eminent scholar and wonderful communicator. Bought for my wife as the easy read of 2 books Amusing, but I don t think it s a very demanding text. I have read and enjoyed all of David Crystal s books on language I was not disappointed with his Begat which describes the great influence the King James Bible has had on English Numerous expresions which we use today come from the 1611 original, eg thorn in my side how are the mighty fallen and through a glass darkly Most of them come from the New Testament, with Matthew being the most prolific source begat appears in the first 16 verses of Matthew, where the listing runs from Abraham through to Jesus It also appears in the Old Testament, notably in Genesis When reading Begat I kept wondering why it was ever thought necessary to attempt to replace the King James version with the New English Bible if it ain t broke, don t fix it A most disappointing and unconvincing book.Why should the fact that a particular phrase or saying predates the KJV mean that the Bible was not its origin might it not have been so via formal or informal translation from the Latin or wherever Why should the fact that a particular phrase or saying postdates the KJV mean that the Bible was not its origin might it not be the corruption of a Biblical phrase Worst of all, Crystal frequently resorts to giving arbitrary lists of phrases or derivations of phrases culled from searches he has done on Google This is a lazy approach and furnishes very weak an argument the quirky company name based on a corruption of a Biblical phrase may be here today and gone tomorrow and thus not suggestive of anything in particular The approach suggests that Crystal was interested in finishing his book to a publishing deadline, the 400th anniversary of the first appearance of the appearance of the KJV, than in writing a scholarly account of the continuing influence of the KJV on the English Language. As described Bought this as a Christmas gift much appreciated.Good quality, great price As always delivered on time Would recommend if you are interested in the English language.