“Making [the King James Version] vividly readable again.” —Robert Alter, New Republic
For the Old Testament, Herbert Marks gives readers without Hebrew an entry into the complexities of biblical literature, reconstructing its original contexts, tracing its evolution, and pointing out productive strategies for reading. For the New Testament and the Apocrypha, Gerald Hammond and Austin M. Busch provide historical and cultural background while illuminating the complexity of the original texts. Both volumes include timelines, chronologies, diagrams, and color maps.
"The most reliable, useful, and in every way superb work of its kind ever made available." — Harold Bloom, Yale University
"No serious reader can be without this two-volume set." — Steve Donoghue, Open Letters Monthly Arts and Literature Review