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Prologue 1 Prologue 2 1: In the beginning 2: Let there be light 3: Be fruitful and multiply 4: My brother's keeper? 5: Two by two 6: A coat of many colours 7: Fire and brimstone 8: Begat 9: Thou shalt not 10: Manna, milk, and honey 11: Eyes, teeth, and loins 12: What hath been wrought 13: Bread alone 14: How are the mighty fallen! 15: The skin of one's teeth 16: Out of the mouths of babes 17: Pride goes before a fall 18: Nothing new under the sun 19: Fly in the ointment 20: No peace for the wicked 21: Be horribly afraid Interlude 22: Seeing the light 23: Eyes, ears, cheeks 24: Speaking, shouting, wailing, writing 25: Shaking, turning, moving 26: Many and few, first and last 27: Fights, foes, fools, friends 28: Praising famous men 29: Sheep, goats, swine 30: Money, wages, pearls, mites 31: Blessed are the servants 32: Heal thyself 33: Times and seasons 34: Birth, life, and death 35: Countries, kingdoms, Armageddon 36: Building houses, mansions, sepulchres 37: Millstones, crosses, yokes, pricks 38: Sowing seeds 39: Salt and wine 40: The law, judges, thieves, swords 41: Love and charity 42: Peace and patience, wrath, whore Epilogue Appendixes Indexes

About the Author

David Crystal is the world's best known linguist. He is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. His books include Linguistics, Language and Religion (1965), The Stories of English (Penguin, 2004) The Fight for English (OUP 2006), and Just a Phrase I'm Going Through: my Life in Language (Routledge 2009). He has written extensively on religious language, including 'Linguistics and Liturgy' for Church Quarterly in 1969 and 'Language in Church' for The Tablet in 1985.


"Wonderful book." - The Guardian "Entertaining." - Christopher Howse, Daily Telegraph

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