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The Story of the Bible: The Fascinating History of Its Writing, Translation and Effect on Civilization Hardcover – September 20, 2010
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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!
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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I believe the highest and best use for this book would be as a textbook for highschool and college level 'Bible 101' type classes. It is a great historical overview, and would allow a professor to go into further depth when necessary. My favorite parts of the book were on the reformation and after Bible translators: the work of Wycliffe, Tyndale, Luther, and the like. The stories of the men who risked their lives to make the scripture accessible to all people are amazing and make me hold the Bibles I own even dearer. It is because of their bravery and unfailing commitment to sharing the gospel that I have three different translations of scipture sitting on my desk right now. Stone does an excellent job in highlighting these stories as well explaining the background of modern day translations, interpretations, and work to take the Bible to every language in every nation.
I felt the first 5 chapters to be long, boring, and hard to read. The paragraphs did not connect well, it was choppy and scattered. It was painstaking to try and read through. The information, while critical to understanding the authority and history of our Scripture, can be found in much easier forms and in more concise ways.
I was hoping this would be a great 'coffee table' book to bring on conversation or to be a great resource in my bible studies. I'm afraid it falls in neither category.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Extremely informative and well written. Full of interesting Bible history. I would highly recommend it.Published 3 months ago by Dan Jackson
Will done. I enjoyed the approach and will be sharing it with friends and family.Published 10 months ago by Anita McColl
This is a remarkable book. Many wonderful replicas of historic documents. May buy more for my adult children.Published 10 months ago by Charles D. Hastings
Very interesting read. I always wondered where the original documents came from that make up the bible. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Bradley Ferm
I hope the man who brought us this books gets showered with all blessings. Thank you!Published 17 months ago by Aha
it is great if you don't know anything about Bible history - very basicPublished 17 months ago by Emerson Cardichon
I was really disappointed, particularly when Mr. Stone defied several historical facts. Since we know the new testament was written toward the end of the first or second centuries,... Read morePublished 19 months ago by bix