Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

"Taking only two minutes to deliver, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863 is considered one of the most stirring speeches in American history!

The Gettysburg Address contains biblical themes and phrases throughout—with references to John 3 and Psalm 90 in the text.

It was said, in his speeches, and especially in the Gettysburg Address, he “imitated” the language of the familiar King James Bible.

Historian Ronald White, author of another Lincoln biography as well as two other books on his life, has closely examined Lincoln’s speech.

He writes, “Lincoln’s audience would have known the biblical illusions in the address. . .the intonations of the 17th Century King James Bible, which by then had been shaping the English language for more than two centuries.”

Engage with the Bible—in the influence of its rich history!"

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