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The Story of the Bible: The Fascinating History of Its Writing, Translation & Effect on Civilization Hardcover – September 21, 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595551190
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595551191
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 9.4 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Larry Stone has edited and published biblical reference books and more than a dozen New York Times bestsellers. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and University of Iowa. He is a former missionary to Zambia.

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This book was a very interesting read.
There are various pull out inserts throughout the book to help bring to life the size of the various Bibles and texts that are referred to in The Story of the Bible.
This book will be spending some quality time on our coffee table for a long, long time.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Lori Kasbeer on October 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As soon as I opened up the book The Story of The Bible: The fascinating history of its writings, translations & effects on civilization it took my breath away. With over 90 illustrations in vivid color, including ancient iconography and contemporary photos along with captivating narrative throughout makes this a must have on your bookshelf. Even if you are not a history buff this book will sweep you away and remind you again of the painstaking work that went into the writings of the Bible. The Story of the Bible details the ways in which books in the Old and New Testament were composed and copied, how each writing was collected and the stories of the people who gave their lives in making the bible available to everyone. Stone divides the Story of the Bible into nine chapters. With a conversational tone throughout some of the topics covered are of the beginnings of the bible, the people who are found within the book, early years of the church, middle ages, along with many more.

The above mentioned would be enough to make this a great book, but the author takes things one step further by providing over 23 life-sized, removable reproductions of pages from the world's most important Bibles, including samples from The Book of Kells, Codex Sinaiticus, the Gutenberg Bible, along with portions of a Dead Sea Scrolls manuscript. Stone does a wonderful job in bringing a plethora of information that could fill a museum right into your home with this single book. The Story of the Bible would make a great gift!
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Format: Hardcover
Larry Stone in The Story of the Bible provides the history of the Bible's writing, canon, printing and translations. Stone provides his readers with detail on the ancient civilizations and languages in which the Bible was written and the discovery of manuscripts containing portions of the Bible. He then outlines how the Biblical manuscripts became canonized in the early church, and how additional manuscripts were discovered and furthered our understanding of Biblical content. Stone also demonstrates how the Bible was translated from manuscripts in original languages to Latin, German, eventually English and finally as a missionary tool in native languages. Along with the text, 23 life-size reproductions that can be removed and returned to the book are provided.
Overall this text is a straight forward survey text providing information that can be found elsewhere, such as Christian history textbooks, specific to the Bible. The text is readable and generally understandable. It is not however a complex historical discussion. However that should make it more usable for the general reader. Visually the book is also very pleasing and would look nice on any shelve. I was also surprised by the size of the book, expecting a very short pamphlet style book. This instead really is a coffee table book that's strength really is its visual presentation. The reproductions to me however were a miss. I struggled to return two of the pullouts to their envelope in the book. In fact, one will never go back in to its original spot. And the reproductions are printed on the same paper as the book itself, making me wonder if it would have been just as effective as added pictures in the book. Really with a pullout I'm looking for something that I could not show in a book or shows the texture or feel of the actual item when teaching. Overall, this is a good introduction to the Bible that is visually pleasing.

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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Mount on March 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Story of the Bible gives an extensive history of the Bible's writing and transmission, delving deeply into cultural background and historical and social impact. It is an impressively exquisite production. In an era of economic downturn when numerous publishers seek to cut costs and print books as cheaply as possible, it is a shining exception. Every page is printed in full color, and there are photographs, manuscript reproductions, portrait engravings, and more. There are also twenty-three life-size reproductions of pages of historically significant manuscript and printed Bibles.

The book's critical flaw is its acceptance of key tenets of higher and lower criticism. In an introductory note, the author indicates the book will avoid questions of higher criticism; yet later in the book, he uses the partisan embellishment "most scholars believe" to speak favorably of the theory that Matthew, Mark, and Luke were all adaptations of an earlier "Q" document.

He also openly advocates the claims of modern lower (textual) criticism as facts, making historically fanciful claims that early Christians cared "little for the authority of the text" and that "Not until the nineteenth century did scholars begin making judgments on which reading was 'best' - which the editor thinks is most like the original."

While the document reproductions are well worth the $35 cover price, the book's text plants seeds of doubt that have lead many scholars and laymen to abandon faith in the reliability of the Book which it sought to honor.

Disclosure of Material Connection (FTC 16 CFR, Part 255): Review copy provided by publisher. Quite obviously, a positive review was not required; opinions expressed are those of the site editors.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Curtis on November 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Whether you are religious or not, you can't deny the importance of the Bible in today's civilization. And yet, so few know the story of the Bible. And I'm not talking about the stories in the Bible. This is a book that every church and every parent should use to learn about as well as teach the history of the book. An absolutely fascinating read!
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