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Scapegoats, Shambles and Shibboleths By Martin Manser

Scapegoats, Shambles and Shibboleths by Martin Manser

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Summary

Wonderful words and fascinating phrases you never knew came from the Bible

Scapegoats, Shambles and Shibboleths Summary

Scapegoats, Shambles and Shibboleths: The Queen's English from the King James Bible by Martin Manser

'The fruit of his labours', Martin Manser's SCAPEGOATS, SHAMBLES AND SHIBBOLETHS is a delightful book for all who adore the English language. 'In the twinkling of an eye' we learn that many of our most familiar phrases are taken straight from the King James Version of the Bible. Far from being 'holier than thou', it seems we quote from the Bible without even realising!
Martin Manser explains in detail what it is to be 'the apple of someone's eye' ... 'No modern physiology book would put it like this, but in the past the pupil of the eye was referred to as the apple. After all, it was shaped like one. In addition, because it was recognised to be the most important part of the eye it was a symbol for all things precious. The most valuable part of a highly valued organ of the body. Dotted around the Bible the phrase therefore represents anything that is of great worth - whether it is the law of God in Proverbs 7 v 2, the people of Israel found and nurtured in the desert or as an individual on the receiving end of divine care.'
A quirky present, SCAPEGOATS SHAMBLES AND SHIBBOLETHS will amuse and entertain as well as shed a thought-provoking light on the background to our rich and varied language.

Scapegoats, Shambles and Shibboleths Reviews

If you're at all interested in the origins of our extraordinary language then this entertaining and delightful companion will reward your interest over and over again. * The Good Book Guide *

About Martin Manser

Martin Manser is a professional reference-book editor. He is also a language consultant with national companies and organizations. Martin is Part-time tutor at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London and Part-time visiting lecturer at Buckinghamshire New University.

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GOR001730298
9780340979792
0340979798
Scapegoats, Shambles and Shibboleths: The Queen's English from the King James Bible by Martin Manser
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Hodder & Stoughton
20090917
272
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