The King James Bible at 400: Scripture, Statecraft, and the American Founding

The History Channel Magazine, pp. 1-11, November 2010

7 Pages Posted: 24 May 2011  

Bernard M. Levinson

University of Minnesota

Joshua A. Berman

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: November 1, 2010

Abstract

This short article addressed to a broader readership investigates the impact of the King James Bible upon the American founding. In order to show that impact, the article's first half portrays the political context for the formation of the King James, charts the influence of the Bible upon early modern political thought, and then sketches the impact of the KJV upon the rhetoric and political thought of the Founders. The essay is accompanied by a timeline.

Keywords: Authorized Version, King James Version, American Founding, Bible and political thought, religion and the founding, founders, Bible and intellectual history, Spinoza, Bible and constitution, Bible and democracy

Suggested Citation

Levinson, Bernard M. and Berman, Joshua A., The King James Bible at 400: Scripture, Statecraft, and the American Founding (November 1, 2010). The History Channel Magazine, pp. 1-11, November 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1848043

Bernard M. Levinson (Contact Author)

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Joshua A. Berman

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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