The Gospels, Edited by WR Owens
The greatest story ever told... in all four versions
Sunday 03 April 2011
This edition of the King James version of the Gospels is expressly designed to be read as literature. The spelling has been modernised and the text set out in paragraphs, so there is nothing to distract from the vivid vocabulary and sonorous cadences.
Professor Owens' lucid introduction puts the translation in context and draws out each gospel's salient characteristics: Matthew emphasises Jesus's conflict with Jewish religious leaders; Mark likes to criticise the disciples; Luke is fond of journeys; John is the most poetic and philosophical. The clear, detailed notes are there not to flaunt the editor's erudition but to aid the reader's understanding. A superb edition of perhaps the four most influential narratives ever written.
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