An Analysis on the Influence of Christianity on English Language

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The diversity of culture is a reminder that the history of English is a story of culture during the past 1,500 years. The English language people use today went through three stages. Namely, old English ,middle wnglish and modern English. if people look back to the history of English, it’s certain to say that many elements have helped to shape the language, but one element that so crucial that we should pay special attention to is the influence of Christianity.

II.on English General Vocabulary

In the west, Christianity has always been an important part of ideology, and infiltrated into all aspects of English vocabulary.

2.1.Day-to-day Words

The word breakfast originally came from the Christian habbit of
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So the battle of satan and God made job suffered horribly. He lost his wealth, children and health one after another. Job endured great suffering, but did not betray God; at last, he got God-given happiness.

3.4 From Book of Daniel

The writing on the wall refers to approaching calamity. It is the story about the Babylonia Nebuchadnezzar's son Belshazzar the king. One day, he and thousands of ministers in the palace drinking and playing, someone used a finger writing down a line in the palace wall that no one understood. The whey-faced king sent for world talents to interpret its meaning, at last the prophet of Israel, Daniel deciphered these strange words which to the effect said that been ignoring the existence of god, Babylon would perish and Belshazzar would be killed. Sure enough, the king was killed that night. Since then , the writing on the wall ,as an idiom, means impending doom.

IV. British and American Literature

In colorful western works of literature and art, the impact of Bible must not underestimate. The deposit of Bible is deeply underlying in Anglo-American national consciousness and influences all aspects of western writers. For instance, in Italian poet Dante’s imperishable work The Divine Comedy, the sleepwalking of the writer is constructed with the three realms of hell, purgatory and paradise. The Italian painter Leonardo da Vinci’s famous work The Last Supper is drawn from the story of Judas’ betrayal of Jesus.

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