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Alexander the Corrector: The Tormented Genius Whose Cruden's Concordance Unwrote the Bible
 
 
Author
Julia Keay.
Publisher Overlook  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5 x 0.95 inches
ISBN 9781585678013
Pages/Publication Date 269/2004
Daedalus Item Code 22279
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Cruden's Concordance to the Bible, a combination index, dictionary, and analysis of the Bible, was a monumental achievement; at 2.5 million words, it is four times the length of the Bible itself, and in nearly 300 years it has never been superseded. Yet Alexander Cruden is remembered today not so much for this monumental work as for the widespread belief that he was mad, for he spent much of his early life in and out of asylums. Just weeks after completing his Concordance he was back in the madhouse—abducted by a rival jealous for the affections of a rich widow—and committed to a private asylum. But in this fascinating life of Cruden, Julia Keay uncovers the true, but not less tragic, story behind his alleged madness.

"Alexander Cruden considered it his mission in life to please God. His crowning achievement, a Complete Concordance to the Bible (1737), expressed that mission. Consisting of 2.5 million words in alphabetical order, it is a dictionary; but more than that, it is the ultimate index.... Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1699, Cruden was the second son of hardworking Calvinists whose devoutness he came to share. He considered becoming a minister until he fell in love, and his life began to unravel. For reasons still unclear, he was confined to an insane asylum in the first of several incarcerations over the years. Each time, he took his persecutors to court, unavailingly. A deeply misunderstood man who suffered many grave injustices, Cruden has got the last laugh, though, for his concordance has never been out of print."—Booklist

 
 
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