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Starred Review. Not unlike an epic story, the history of the formation and translation of the Bible is filled with intrigue and adventure, heroes and knaves. Considering how much ink has been spilled about the Bible's purported meanings, it's surprising how few authors have captured the excitement of its evolution from disparate manuscripts to accepted canon to bestselling book. Brake, who is president of Multnomah College and has a Ph.D. from conservative Dallas Theological Seminary, takes the reader on a wonderful journey through several thousand years of history (though the heaviest emphasis is on the 15th century to the present), marking the people, events and crises through which the Bible has had to pass, finally emerging in our time as a versatile and vital document. Nearly every page contains an illustration, chart or other visual aid to assist the reader. Refreshingly readable and lavishly illustrated, this volume is essential to anyone wanting to understand the Bible and its hazardous progress through the ages. (Sept. 15) ""
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From John Wycliffe to King Henry VIII, from the Geneva Bible and the King James Version to the American Revolution and the Civil War, Donald L. Brake brings to life the story of the Bible's transformation into an English bestseller. Along the way you'll meet a number of heroes of the Christian faith who dedicated themselves to preserving and publishing the Scriptures, often at risk to their own lives. You'll also find over one hundred illustrations, helpful explanations of principles in Bible translation and biblical interpretation, and a comparison of today's major new translations. You'll never take your copies of the English Bible for granted again.|Donald L. Brake (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is vice president of Multnomah Bible College and Seminary and dean of Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Portland, Oregon. A former pastor, Brake lives in Washington State.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books; 1st edition (September 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080101316X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801013164
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #803,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book provides a fascinating history of the "tumultuous" path of the creation of many versions of the English bible. Not only is the information presented in a lively way, with stories and illustrations, but Dr. Brake also discusses his own stories of how he collected various bibles (this is one of the best parts--as he makes it clear he isn't rich, yet as I read I couldn't help but think "almost thou persuadest me to be a bible collector!") I am sorry that there are a few negative reviews, as this was a well-written book without any religious bias, full of information that I would have to glean from several other books if I had the time. It's all here and beautifully illustrated. I especially enjoyed the discussion of the flawed bibles which are known by their mistakes. Congratulations to Brake for producing this intriguing history in one volume. This is well worth the price and a unique offering among the many books written on the bible. It is also a good companion to Bobrick's book "Wide as the Waters Be."
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I wanted A Visual History of the English Bible to be a standout. A book that I spied in a catalog and knew I just needed to read, it deals with a topic I love and in a way that is fresh and compelling. Few readers of the English Bible really understand the history of their Bible and fewer still understand the countless sacrifices that were made to bring it to us. A book like this helps us understand even more what a treasure the Bible truly is and how blessed we are to have it available to us.

In A Visual History of the English Bible, Donald Brake simply tells the story of the English Bible, beginning with the earliest pre-English Bibles and concluding with the multiplicity of modern translations. Of course he passes through John Wycliffe, Martin Luther (whose contribution to the English Bible is undoubtedly greater than most people realize), William Tyndale and his contemporaries, and of course to the men who together translated the King James Version. He pauses to describe many lesser-known Bibles, some of which have little significance but others of which shaped and influenced the translations that would follow. Though this is a topic whose books are often written for the academy, this one is clearly written for a much more general audience. The prose is informal, as reference books go, and relies little on a lexicon unique to the subject matter.

Many references books are oversized--books that are difficult to carry around and sometimes even difficult to read. This title, though, is quite a standard hardcover size. Printed throughout on glossy paper it is exceptionally heavy, but still easy enough to carry and to read. It is wonderfully illustrated in full color.
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I have read this book several times and cannot recommend it highly enough. Dr. Brake's writing manages to be informative while remaining interesting; the book is both factual and lively. The illustrations and stories of the author's personal Bible collecting make the book worthwhile on its own. The history sections are essential reading for everyone who treasures God's Word or who just wants to know how we came to have the Bible in English as it is today. A Visual History of the English Bible is not just for seminary students or pastors; it contains very accessible and important information for today's Christians. I am happy to have a copy on my shelves and think you will be too.
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Dr. Brake's A Visual History of the English Bible, gives a clear summary of every period of the Bible since it was written. Captivating narratives bring to life the mountain-peak-persons instrumental in birthing the important periods of the Bible's history, such as Wycliffe, Luther, Tyndale and many others. Writing in a clear style, topics such as textual criticism can be clearly understood by any reader, as also in the final chapter "The People Triumph," persons will be helped in assessing what Bible translation would be best for their personal use and ministry. Abundant full-color illustrations help make the Bible's history live and you will find humor in the author's own experiences in collecting most of the Bible editions presented. Readers will be drawn into the challenges and conflicts of the Bible's history, and they will be thankful that it is so available and readable for us today.

THIS BOOK CAN SERVE AS A GREAT REFERENCE TOOL FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE GOD'S WORD AND WANT TO KEEP AVAILABLE A VERY LIVELY AND KNOWLEDGEABLE HISTORY OF HOW IT HAS COME DOWN TO US TODAY.
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I never knew "history" could be so enjoyable or inspirational! "Visual" is an understatement with the author's original charts, stories, photos, and illustrations. Solid documentation and explanations of views varying from the author's, I believe, would even qualify this as a textbook. Textbook sounds "stuffy" but this book is far from stuffy, using the author's life experiences in his conquest to preserve the history of the English Bible. I felt this book was comprehensive, factually accurate, but uniquely entertaining! I believe the reviews of the modern translations will be quite helpful to many readers as it was to me.
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