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Here’s today’s installment. A bit late, because I’ve been ill
The Good Book – Genesis 6
Why the King James English? It sounds like a whimsical affectation. In the search for something to supersede the Bible (which I am all for), why use a version of our rather beautiful tongue canonized by one particular middling translation of the Bible? It seems, frankly, backwards and a little embarrassing.
Grayling addressed this very question in his talk at Harvard. First, it’s not King James English – it’s considerably more modern than that. But the King James Bible was, according to Grayling, written in a way that was consciously archaic for its time. Grayling chose to do the same here to heighten the language, to draw it slightly out of the everyday, to make it seem slightly elevated and abnormal.
It works for me, but doesn’t have to work for everyone. It’s a very interesting point – what register should we use when we discuss the deepest questions of life?
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