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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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About the Author

Larry Stone was editorial vice president for Thomas Nelson Publishers and co-founder of Rutledge Hill Press. He has ghost written books on a variety of subjects, edited and published such biblical reference books as Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary and The Bible Almanac , and published more than a dozen New York Times bestsellers. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and University of Iowa, a former missionary to Zambia, and was most recently executive director of KidShape, a pediatric weight management program.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595551190
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595551191
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Thomas Nelson was kind enough to send me a copy of The Story of the Bible by Larry Stone, a vice president of the company. The large, 96 page book is glossy paged and full of photographs and art both ancient and modern. Included with this hardcover book are numerous 'poster' style pull outs of copies of the ancient texts, documents, and Biblical translations.

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.
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