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Abstract

Michael G. Rather Jr., examines in his article "About the Political Dimensions of the Formation of the King James Bible" the politics surrounding the formation of one of the most influential text in culture and politics in England and later in English-speaking countries. The translators and King exhibited a duality of beliefs emblematic of Jacobean society. These dualities of hierarchy and commonness, ceremony and purity, clarity and majesty were instituted in England followed by the Australian, US-American, and Canadian cultures. A better understanding of the people who were a part of this translation and the King who commissioned the translation will help literary historians better understand the text's enduring popularity. The King James Bible was designed to bring conformity and to support the hierarchical structures within the English monarchy and Anglican Church. Rather's analysis of the political perspectives and personalities involved in the formation of the King James Bible illuminates how a text designed to support institutions of the state came to be influential text stretching to contemporary times in English-speaking countries.

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