On Social Characteristics of English Proverbs

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xssc@overseaen.com ISSN 1009-5039 http://www.overseaen.com Overseas English 海 外 英 语 2012 年 08 月 Overseas English 海 外 英 语 Tel:+86-551-5690811 5690812 Proverbs—Reflection of Influence of the Holy Bible on Western Culture 徐铖 (国家税务总局干部学院教研三部, 江苏 扬州 225007) Abstract: Christianity is the most influential religion in west world while the Bible is often labeled as a“Western book”and considered a vital part of western culture.With the help of related English proverbs as well as the Holy Bible -the major resource of Christian doctrines and western concept of values, the thesis analyzes the influence of this scripture on western culture from the angle of human nature orienta⁃ tion, relationship of humankind to nature, time orientation,…show more content…
t 1 A Brief Introduction to Background Knowledge of the Holy Bible The Holy Bible is a book that can be found almost anywhere on the earth. Almost every family in western countries has a version of Bible, so it has come to be one of the major sources of English culture. It has been translated into more than 2000 different languages and dialects. It is also the world’ most popular book. Every year s more copies of the Bible are sold than any other publication, and the number of sales is increasing. The word Bible is derived from the Greek meaning book or books. The Bible is not a single book, 收稿日期: -05-08 修回日期: -06-20 2012 2012 作者简介: (1986-) 男, 徐铖 , 江苏连云港人, , 本科 主要研究方向为英文翻译、 国际税收。 本栏目责任编辑: 杨菲菲 一一一一一一一 学术思潮 279 2012 年 08 月 Overseas English 海 外 英 语 but rather a collection of smaller works, written over a long period of time, all considered part of God’ revelation to mankind. s Roughly includes the Old Testament and the New Testament, the Bible is a phenomenal account of history, comprised of 66 books, written over approximately 1600 years. The Old Testament is the original Hebrew Bible, the sacred scriptures of the Jewish faith which contains 39 books written from approximately 1500 to 400 BC, and the New Testament contains 27 books written by Christians from approximately 40 to 90 AD. 2 The Great Influence of Holy Bible on Western Cul⁃ ture The Bible
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