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The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew: Zayin-Teth by David J. A. Clines

By David J. A. Clines

Quantity three within the dictionary of the Hebrew Bible edited by way of David J. A. Clines.

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The Great Bible owed its initiative to Thomas Cromwell, who served Henry VIII as Lord Chancellor of England. Cromwell’s desire for a revision of Matthew’s Bible was carried out by Miles Coverdale, whom Cromwell put in charge of the revision. The title page to the 1540 edition contained the statement, “This is the Byble appoynted to the use of the churches,” meaning that it was the official translation for use in the English church. That its chained presence in the churches made a big hit is suggested by a proclamation from the king (1539) forbidding the reading of the English Bible aloud in church during services.

Notes 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Kevin Vanhoozer, Is There a Meaning in This Text? (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1998), 75. The context is Vanhoozer’s summarizing of the interpretive theory of Georges Poulet. I have quoted from Charles Dickens, Great Expectations, ed. Charlotte Mitchell (New York: Penguin, 1996), 477. I have printed these lines from a parallel text edition, Hamlet, ed. John Richetti (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1975), 125. The Pelican edition of Hamlet, ed. A. R. Braunmuller (New York: Penguin, 2001), 65.

In advertising, moreover, exact wording is considered crucial and liable to legal action if it is wrong. A juice made with 100 percent Florida oranges is very different from juice made from Florida oranges. The English branch of Hassert’s company was forced to change its advertisement of “the most comfortable [computer] mouse that you have ever used” because it could not prove the accuracy of the word most. The individual word obviously mattered. In official documents, then, the exact wording of the original is regarded as crucial.

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