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Whose Bible Is It?: a History of the Scriptures Through the Ages (original 2004; edition 2006)
by Jaroslav Pelikán, Paul Hecht (Narrator)
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0670033855, Hardcover)No book has been more pored over, has been the subject of more commentary and controversy, or had more influence not only on our religious beliefs but also on our culture and language than the Bible. And certainly no book has been as widely read. But how did the Bible become the book we know it to be?
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.
Both an enduring work of scholarship and a fascinating read, Whose Bible Is It? will be eagerly welcomed by the many fans of Elaine Pagels’s books and Adam Nicolson’s God’s Secretaries.
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"Jaroslav Pelikan provides a study of how the Bible evolved from its earliest incarnation as oral tradition to its modern existence in several different configurations and a multitude of languages and translations for many audiences. Beginning with the earliest Hebrew texts and following the New Testament's appearance in Greek and then the earliest translation into Latin, Pelikan traces the development of the Jewish and Christian Bibles. Pelikan explores the canonization of different Bibles and why certain books were adopted by different religions and sects, as well as the development of the printing press, the Bible's translation into modern languages, and the varying schools of critical scholarship."--BOOK JACKET.
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