Vernacular Bibles Criticism: Overviews And General Studies - Essay

Northrop Frye (essay date 1983)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

Frye, Northrop. “Language I.” In The Great Code: The Bible and Literature, pp. 3-30. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1983.

[In the following excerpt, Frye discusses the linguistic problems inherent in Bible translation, remarking that translated narratives, particularly the English Bibles and Luther's Bible, are texts with rich arrays of new images, idioms, and allusions. According to Frye, these translations in many ways defined modern European culture.]

A sacred book is normally written with at least the concentration of poetry, so that, like poetry, it is closely involved with the conditions of its language. The Koran, for instance, is so interwoven with...

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Jaroslav Pelikan (essay date 1996)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

Pelikan, Jaroslav. The Reformation of the Bible: The Bible of the Reformation: Catalog of the Exhibition by Valerie R. Hotchkiss and David Price, pp. 3-62. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1996.

[In the following excerpt, Pelikan discusses Bible translations during the Reformation, identifying the significant continuity between the Renaissance traditions of Christian humanism and the translation efforts of Reformation scholars. Hebrew text in this essay has been replaced by transliterations set within brackets.]


The scholarly foundations for “the Reformation of the Bible” as well as for “the Bible of the...

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