The Writing on the Wall
Title: The Writing on the Wall: Everyday Phrases from the King James Bible
Author: Richard Noble
Publisher: Sacristy Press
Date of Publication: 2015
The King James Bible is a treasure-trove of idioms and clichés that have entered everyone's vocabulary-and yet few are aware of the Bible as their source.
Whether your interest is purely linguistic, theological, or devotional, this book assumes no prior familiarity with the scriptures. By providing the context of each book and phrase it becomes a useful guidebook, bringing the Bible alive. With 40 phrases in the first section and 25 in the second, it can even be used through the days of Lent and Advent.
The Writing on the Wall will be useful as a devotional aide, as a beginner’s guide to the Bible, as a linguistic fancy; but above, all as a worthy homage to the King James Bible, which in the author’s words, is ‘the shared linguistic heritage of all English Speakers.’
Janet Backman, New Directions, February 2015
Taking a phrase from each book and exploring its origins and modern usage, Richard Noble - former Bursar at Ridley Hall - gives a fascinating glimpse into this 'inestimable treasure', the first mainstream English translation and still unequalled in linguistic beauty.