Influence of the Bible in English Language

Influence of the Bible in English Language

Among the works that have contributed to the formation of modern English an important place must be given to the translations of the Bible, from those of Tindale and Coverdale in the early 16th century to the Authorised Version of 1611. The chief of these translations was, of course, Tindale’s in 1526. But the most important was the Authorised Version, made under the direction of James I in 1611. It is quite likely that the Authorised Version was more influential than any other single factor in fixing the English language and setting some kind of standard, ‘for through the next three centuries it remained the people’s book, which they heard and read by Sunday and with which they became familiar as with no other’ (F.T. Wood) […..]