Atlantic Monthly Press
On Sale: November 10, 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 worldâ€™s most widely distributed book,
translated into over two thousand languages, and the worldâ€™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 â€śbooksâ€ť written by various authors and divided
into two testaments, its contents have changed over the
The Bible has been transformed by translation
and, through interpretation, has developed manifold meanings
to various religions, denominations, and sects.
seminal account, acclaimed historian Karen Armstrong
discusses the conception, gestation, and life of historyâ€™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
Christianityâ€™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.
Talk of the Nation - November 12, 2007
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