The Bible

The Bible

A Biography

Book - 2007
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As the work at the heart of Christianity, the Bible is the spiritual guide for one out of every three people in the world. It is also the world's most widely distributed book, translated into over two thousand languages, and the world's best selling book, year after year. But the Bible is a complex work with a complicated and obscure history. Made up of sixty-six "books" written by various authors and divided into two testaments, its contents have changed over the centuries. The Bible has been transformed by translation and, through interpretation, has developed manifold meanings to various religions, denominations, and sects. In this seminal account, acclaimed historian Karen Armstrong discusses the conception, gestation, and life of history's most powerful book. Armstrong analyzes the social and political situation in which oral history turned into written scripture, how this all-pervasive scripture was collected into one work, and how it became accepted as Christianity's sacred text. She explores how scripture came to be read for information, and how, in the nineteenth century, historical criticism of the Bible caused greater fear than Darwinism. This is a brilliant, captivating book, crucial in an age of declining faith and rising fundamentalism.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press ; [Berkeley, CA] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2007.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780871139696
Characteristics: 302 p. ; 21 cm.


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Oct 16, 2019

Chaos throughout the process of defining the Bible and beliefs surrounding it has been the dominant characteristic of its development. Dense, challenging read.

Sep 30, 2019

"Many of the Puritans were convinced that their migration to America was a prelude to THE LAST DAYS. " "On November 4, 1995, Yigal Amira assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin during a peace rally in Tel Aviv. His study of Jewish law convinced him that in signing away the sacred land, in the Oslo Accords, Rabin was a RODEF ('pusuer')who endangered Jewish life and was therefore worthy of punishment." " The creation of Israel in 1948 was seen by Jerry Falwell as 'The greatest single sign indicating the imminent return of Jesus Christ.' " Martin Buber (1878-1965): 'Jews, Christians, and Muslims must first examine the flaws of their own scriptures and only then listen with humility, generosity, and humility, and charity to the exegis of others.' "

Nov 16, 2018

iys good for baby children

May 10, 2018

I love the research done by Karen Armstrong and the insights she has in this book. I definitely recommend it to anyone interested in antiquities, the Bible, religion, and translation.


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