The Book of Books: A Biography of the King James Bible, 1611-2011 by Melvyn BraggHis argument is poor and his writing is even worse.
My main problem with his argument is that he severely overreached. Im reasonably certain that he has conflated the King James Version of the Bible with the Bible in general. Heres the difference between those two things, via quotations that he cited in his first chapter:
It is the most beautiful piece of writing in any language. VS
The New Testament is the very best book that ever was or ever will be known in the world. VS
It is impossible rightly to govern the world without God and the Bible.
The first probably does refer specifically to the KJV, the second might (but I doubt it), and the third certainly does not. So mainly what you end up getting is the radical impact of vernacular translations of the Bible, and in the English speaking world that happens to mainly be the KJV.
As for his writing style... For someone who has published primarily fiction--the inner cover lists 22 works of fiction to 10 nonfiction books--he is a shit-poor writer. He is so bad that I felt obligated just now to invent a compound word because no single existing word adequately expressed my feelings about it.
Aside from not writing well, he constantly does another thing that drives me crazy. Here are a few examples:
The Geneva Bible was to be banned and it was banned and the sales of the KJV...grew rapidly.
I look upon all the world, said Wesley, as my parish. As it was.
The poverty-stricken King hoped it would generate great wealth. It did.
This was not an inheritance to be lightly thrown over. Nor was it.
He does this literally dozens if not hundreds of times. It was enough to make me want to stop reading the book. Which I did.
King James Bible Statistics
Including the five books of Psalms, the KJV has 70 books, chapters, 31, verses, , words, and 3,, million letters. Psalm is the longest chapter whereas Psalm the shortest. Esther is the longest verse 90 words whereas John is the shortest verse 2 words. The Bible was written over a year period by over 40 different authors from diverse walks of life. If you read 3 chapters a day with 5 on Sunday you can read through the Bible in a year.
Many books and websites list faulty statistics on the King James Bible. Of course the number of books (66) and chapters (1,) are fairly easy to count. However .
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King James Bible Statistics. By Nic Kizziah. Permission is granted to copy and distribute this article, or any portion of it, as long as it's not for profit and not edited in any manner whatsoever. If you wish to use this article in a profit making capacity then permission must be granted by the author. Many use the latter number and then proceed to tell you the middle verse is Psalm It reads as follows: It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.