How did a collection of ancient stories, written in three languages over the course of a thousand years have such an impact on the way we speak today? The crack team of Biblical scholars who gave us the King James version in 1611 produced a beautiful and poetic text which you don't have to be a Christian to appreciate. We use phrases from it every day
Be all things to all men. My cup runneth over. The ends of the earth. Fight the good fight. Go from strength to strength. A house divided against itself cannot stand.
Ever claimed that there is 'no rest for the wicked', judged something as 'sour grapes', or rallied friends by shouting 'eat, drink and be merry'? Knowingly or not, you have been quoting from the Bible. The English language features countless biblically-derived phrases that are used by people on a day-to-day basis, yet the user often does not know the origin or meaning behind them. However, there is a wealth of fascinating stories and history to be learned. "The Good Samaritan Bites the Dust" offers a light-hearted and fascinating look at the stories behind the expressions - explaining where in the Bible these familiar phrases appear and describing the colourful biblical backdrop to their origination, from epic battles to acts of betrayal, miracles and beyond. For those familiar, and not so familiar with the Bible, this is a wonderful look at the gripping storytelling and cultural wealth to be found in the world's bestselling book, as well as an intriguing insight into our language.