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Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2008
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"Compellingly written and richly illustrated. The reader will be drawn into the many twists and turns that the Bible took from the monasteries to the masses." -Charles C. Ryrie, editor, Ryrie Study Bible; author, Balancing the Christian Life, Basic Theology, and Survey of Bible Doctrine
"Brake leads you on a memorable journey through royal courts filled with intrigue, rare book shops in search of treasures, and rigorous scholarly debates in the historic battle over the Bible. You will come away with a far greater appreciation for the English Bible and what countless people throughout the centuries have paid with gold, sweat, tears, and even blood to bring God's Word to us today." -Paul Louis Metzger, PhD, professor of Christian Theology and Theology of Culture, Multnomah Biblical Seminary
Dozens of English translations of the Bible are available today, but Scripture was not always so easy to obtain. Donald L. Brake invites you to discover the tumultuous tale of how the Bible was transformed from medieval manuscripts read only by clergy to a bestseller widely available in contemporary languages.
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.
CookieFrazier Park, Ca.Age: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5excellent bookFebruary 27, 2015CookieFrazier Park, Ca.Age: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a book that should be left where you could pick it up any time. It's good both for in depth study or simply browsing, either way the reader wins.
ChrisCarrollton, GeorgiaAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5What a great read!August 25, 2012ChrisCarrollton, GeorgiaAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The quality is exceptional. The paper is heavy and the photographs are the highest quality. You can't go wrong with this purchase. Can't figure out why this book is $20 and his other book is on sale for $4.99. If you are getting this book be sure to get his other one too. They are very interesting and packed full of information. Also he gives some sideline stories about his collecting efforts which I found entertaining and a good break from reading the intense information. Really enjoyed reading both of his books.
MowestAge: 45-54Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5A good Historical summaryDecember 1, 2011MowestAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 4The author provides a good overall summary of the history of the Bible as it relates to the deriving the English text. The book provides a summation of the efforts, risk and cost that those who would dare to "translate" God's word to a common language.
It also provides in-sight to some of the inner workings that was present and affected to progress or lack thereof in getting God's word to all people. The inclusion of photographs of some of the original works also assisted in understanding the challenges of translation, printing and understanding the early efforts.
The only distraction that I found in the book is the side bars on how the author acquired some of his collection. It did help me realize that I will not have a chance to get my hands on the early books as the cost is VERY prohibitive.
All in all, if someone is interested in getting a glimpse into the history of the English Language Bible without having to drill into an extended history class this book is a good starting point.
RobertKansas City, MOAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Great resourceJuly 7, 2011RobertKansas City, MOAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have been looking for a source like this for years. I was very happy to discover A Visual History of the English Bible: The Tumultuous Tale of the World's Best-Selling Book.
S HillsWesterville, OhioAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Achievement award to Dr. Donald L. BrakeJune 23, 2011S HillsWesterville, OhioAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Should be required reading for anyone going into ministry. Thank you Dr. Donald L. Brake, for this work and your dedication! How did we get the Bible and where does it come from is a question that most people I've tried to minister to in one way or another have 'asked' or expressed 'doubts' about...even when simply bringing up the name of 'Jesus' in a conversation.
The strengths I saw are as follows: Interesting details; scholarly; to the point and factual; brave regarding difficulties; dedication as a collector of the English Bible; comprehensive for the amount of pages used with quality visuals.
Weaknesses in my expectation were: Summary needed about the nation of Israel and their dedication to preserve the 'words of God' spoken through the prophets beginning with Moses; summary needed at beginning about Greek texts used in translations and how those came about and where they are now (though covered later in timeline of events); I kept asking, "Where are these manuscripts"? A summary in the beginning matching our Bible Preface/Introduction regarding the textus receptus, Byzantine, Western text, Latin Vulgate, and etc. that are stated in current Bible translations would have been a cherry on top for me. Perhaps a little help in how to read the Preface/Introduction of your Bible would have helped (my NKJV and ESV didn't match the chart at end of this book). In a new edition because of the Internet, people would like to look up the library, church, city, museum, or monastery of your book and follow your life as written in your book_though I'm asking a lot it would have been the whipped cream with my cherry on top! Thank you, again for your work.