The Bible: A Biography

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Nov 18, 2008 - Religion - 176 pages
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As the single work at the heart of Christianity, the world’s largest organized religion, 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 and its best-selling, with an estimated six billion copies sold in the last two hundred years. But the Bible is a complex work with a complicated and obscure history. Its contents have changed over the centuries, it 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, life, and afterlife 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, and how its interpretation changed over time. Armstrong’s history of the Bible is a brilliant, captivating book, crucial in an age of declining faith and rising fundamentalism.
 

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"A good to know history of the development of the bible and its different parts. The historic influence of the Old Testament on the history of the chosen people.
A lot of historical background. Easy to read."

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Since my teen years,I have asked who decided which books became HOLY and became the Old Testament. I am now 63 and can't wait to read all of this biography. Tonight I will start by rereading Ezekiel. I still believe that GOD guided the choices, and the Bible is inspired. I think I may of heard a discussion about this book on the radio last week. 

Contents

Torah
9
Scripture
32
Gospel
55
Midrash
79
Charity
102
Lectio Divina
126
Sola Scriptura
155
Modernity
183
Epilogue
222
Glossary of Key Terms
231
Notes
243
Index
279
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Karen Armstrong is one of the world’s foremost commentators on religious affairs. Her bestselling books include Islam: A Short History; Buddha; A History of God; Through the Narrow Gate; The Spiral Staircase and The Great Transformation.

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