[Milton-L] RE: KJV in NYTimes

Quitslund, Beth quitslun at ohio.edu
Mon Jan 10 19:13:50 EST 2011

Regarding the archaism of the KJV: Whatever is usually meant, I don't think it's Tyndale. One of the most striking things about Tyndale's translations is the way that their directness and colloquialism still sound fairly fresh. In my English Bible course, I give a brief essay comparing the treatment of a passage in the KJV (our standard text) with its presentation in another translation from a list that includes both earlier and later versions. Despite very clear headnotes, charts of early English translations, and a lecture on the precedents of the KJV, I invariably get papers that attribute the difference between the KJV and Tyndale to the fact that Tyndale is more modern (i.e., chronologically later).


Beth Quitslund
Associate Professor

Department of English
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Ohio University
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