Whose Bible Is It?: A History of the Scriptures Through the Ages
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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Penguin Random House
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0143036777
ISBN-13: 9780143036777

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Jaroslav Pelikan, widely regarded as one of the most distinguished historians of our day, now provides a clear and engaging account of the Bible’s journey from oral narrative to Hebrew and Greek text to today’s countless editions. Pelikan explores the evolution of the Jewish, Protestant, and Catholic versions and the development of the printing press and its effect on the Reformation, the translation into modern languages, and varying schools of critical scholarship. Whose Bible Is It? is a triumph of scholarship that is also a pleasure to read.

Author Bio

Jaroslav Pelikan is 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.

Editorial Reviews

"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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    This book is a good introduction for those who do not have a grasp of the background for the history of the development of the Bible as published text, or who, returning to bible study after a time away, would like a review. For an academic, the author, a former professor of history at Yale, and acknowledged expert on biblical texts, produces a clear, fairly easy to follow summary of issues and disputes between Jews and Christians, and between Christians of various denominations, which have driven translation and exegesis over the centuries. There are few negatives about the book, although, toward the end, it tends to wander from history into sermonizing, and there are points at which it repeats itself (don't we all). The material concerning Islam is too sketchy to be helpful, and may be passed over without losing anything of value. On the whole, however, for a quick study, even advanced students of the bible will find the book useful.
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