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31/12/2010 | King James Bible Special

A Politics UK special looks at the importance of the King James Bible.

2011 marks the 400th anniversary of a book once declared, by American President Teddy Roosevelt as "a Magna Carta for the poor and oppressed: the most democratic book in the world." It is a book that helped found the idea of Britain, and some argue that it encapsulates Britain's national identity and values, yet it is read across the world. The King James Bible, translated by a committee of scholars into the accidental poetry which has resonated throughout the English speaking world for centuries is celebrated in this special edition of Politics UK presented by Dennis Sewell.

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28 minutes


BBC World Service Archive

BBC World Service Archive

This programme was restored as part of the World Service archive project