ENGL 4301 Winter 2009-10


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Take Chapter Five of the Gospel according to Luke in two versions: the Authorized Version of 1611 (King James) and a contemporary translation made in the late 20th or early 21st century. (use print sources, the Polyglot Bible, or the Blue Letter Bible).

Write a commentary explaining each difference that you see between the two versions; go verse-by-verse. The idea is to do a "thick description" of what distinguishes present-day English from the English of 400 years ago. Both versions will be translated directly from the same Greek text, so they should provide between them a pretty good benchmark of purely historical differences between one variety of English and another.

Due Monday 4 January.