A splendid publication. The most informed book I have ever read on the way the English language - both colloquial and formal - and the Bible are interrelated. An eminent scholar explains how Bible expressions entered the English language and, conversely, how English expressions entered the Bible. The latter aspect is often neglected when it comes to discussing the langage in the Authorised Version.
A fine publication to read now that the much-loved and highly popular King James Version is exactly four hundred years old, with a lot of events coming up to mark the occasion.
The book should be of interest not only to Christians but also to anybody interested in the history of Western civilisation. After all, the Authorised Version of the Bible and Shakespeare's plays are the most important literary documents reflecting, and lying at the heart of, the English language. I think the book is a must-have for every English lay and professional linguist - including every teacher of English really interested in what makes English tick.
Incidentally, the book, though apparently exact and academic, is not as dry as dust - as one might suppose - but makes highly entertaining reading.
I personally find the very well-done book surprisingly cheap. A great gift idea for a person really interested in occidental culture in general and English in particular. Thank you, Professor Crystal and your publishers.