Friday, October 29, 2004

Black Letter adn the Geneva Bible

In our century, different organizations have tried to classify broken fonts. One of these classifications is the German 'DIN-Norm'. Following the historical development, it distinguishes five classes: Textura, Rotunda, Schwabacher, Fraktur and Fraktur variants. The term Fraktur is used also as umbrella-term which covers all these classes."

The Geneva Bible:
"The Bible every Puritan family had in their home was not the KJV of 1609 or 1611. The Bible which they carried was the Geneva Bible. The Geneva Bible was the most widely read and influential English Bible of the l6th and 17th centuries, which was printed from 1560 to 1644 in over 200 different printings. As a product of superior translation by the best Protestant scholars of its day, it became the Bible of choice for many of the greatest writers, thinkers and historical figures of its day. Puritans John Bunyan and John Milton used the Geneva Bible, which is reflected in their writings. During the English Civil War, Oliver Cromwell issued a pamphlet containing excerpts from the Geneva Bible to his troops. The Geneva Bible was even brought with the Pilgrims when they set sail on the Mayflower and was the generally accepted text among the Puritans. William Bradford cited it in his book Of Plymouth Plantation"

In the Beginning, Alister McGrath, Published by Hodder & Stoughton, & The Making of the English Bible, By Benson Bobrick, Published by Weidenfield & Nicolson - The Northern Rivers Echo:

"In the Beginning
The story of the King James Bible
Alister McGrath,
Published by Hodder & Stoughton

I am really enjoying reading this book which is a substantial update on my school boy knowledge of 55 years ago. Hence this blog and thanks to the Chelmsley Wood Library

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