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Whose Bible Is It?: A History of the Scriptures Through the Ages
Penguin Putnam Inc. / 2006 / Paperback
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In this superbly written history, Jaroslav Pelikan takes the reader through the good book's evolution from its earliest incarnation as oral tales to its modern existence in various iterations, translations, and languages. From the earliest Hebrew texts and the Bible's appearance in Greek, then Latin, Pelikan explores the canonization of different Bibles and why certain books were adopted by certain religions and sects, as well as the development of the printing press, the translation into modern languages, and varying schools of critical scholarship.
Jaroslav Pelikan was Sterling Professor Emeritus of History at Yale University and past president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His many books include the five-volume The Christian Tradition, Jesus Through the Centuries, and Mary Through the Centuries. He has received the Thomas Jefferson Medal of the National Endowment for the Humanities and an honorary degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America as well as forty-one other honorary degrees.
An engaging and highly readable survey of biblical scholarship that tells a fascinating and complex story. The Wall Street Journal
A crisp, remarkably succinct history of the Bible as preserved, interpreted, translated and canonized by the various faiths that believe in it. Los Angeles Times
Engaging . . . an excellent overview. The New York Times Book Review
Outstanding . . . Pelikan takes the reader through the process of scripture building with a fluency and ease that is both accessible and understandable. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Masterly . . . Pelikan weaves a tapestry of the power of the Word to mold religious communities, nations, and culture. . . . Engaging, concise, and highly readable. The Christian Science Monitor
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