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The Bible: A Biography (2007)

by Karen Armstrong

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Excellent evaluation of the history of the book the Bible. It will be dismissed by the fundamentalists who insist on a literal reading. I very much agree with her conclusions. She is an excellent writer. ( )
  Pat_Gibson | May 28, 2017 |
Should be required reading for all literate citizens of a liberal western democracy. ( )
  jefware | Mar 9, 2017 |
This book is more or less a survey of the history of all the various components and possible authors of both the Old and New Testament, along with the various Jewish commentaries. I found it interesting, but now I'll need to go into some of these subjects in more depth.

One set of ideas, however, was VERY interesting. Armstrong talks about the clash of religion and science that generated the Scopes trial for teaching the theory of evolution, and states that the literalist fervor with which some fundamentalist Christians endow the story of creation came as a reaction to this trial, and thus created a great divide in the United States that is very much in evidence today. Although Scopes lost, the ferocity of the prosecution (by William Jennings Bryan) and defense (by Clarence Darrow) caused people to adopt more radical, unbending positions than they had had before.

She also talks about the American fundamentalist support of Israel as much less benign to Israel and Jews than it might appear. Some of the communities of faith believe that at the end of days, which the existence of the state of Israel precedes, 75% of all Jews will be slaughtered by the forces of the second coming.

There and elsewhere in the history of the bible, the forces of polarization recapitulate the effects of the story of the Tower of Babel, and keep us from peace. ( )
  ffortsa | Feb 2, 2017 |
Fascinating book. Clear and well written with a particular agenda that comes to the fore in the epilogue. The Bible is a construct - more interesting because of that - and any literal interpretion is as much a modern construct as it is spiritually damaging. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
I found it interesting, but brief. ( )
  PJCWLibrary | Aug 30, 2016 |
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In Memory of Eileen Hastings Armstrong (1921-2006)
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Europe had become a pagan wilderness. From the fifth to the ninth centuries, the Christian tradition was confined the monasteries, the only places that could be provide the stability and quiet necessary for the study of the Bible. The monastic ideal had been brought to the West by John Cassian (360-435). He had also introduced Western Christians to Origen's threefold interpretation of scripture according to the literal, moral and allegorical senses, but added a fourth: the anagogical or mystical sense, which revealed a text's eschatological significance.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0871139693, Hardcover)

As the work at the heart of Christianity, the Bible is the spiritual guide for one out of every three people in the world. It is also the world’s most widely distributed book, translated into over two thousand languages, and the world’s best selling book, year after year. But the Bible is a complex work with a complicated and obscure history. Made up of sixty-six “books” written by various authors and divided into two testaments, its contents have changed over the centuries. The Bible has been transformed by translation and, through interpretation, has developed manifold meanings to various religions, denominations, and sects. In this seminal account, acclaimed historian Karen Armstrong discusses the conception, gestation, and life of history’s most powerful book. Armstrong analyzes the social and political situation in which oral history turned into written scripture, how this all-pervasive scripture was collected into one work, and how it became accepted as Christianity’s sacred text. She explores how scripture came to be read for information, and how, in the nineteenth century, historical criticism of the Bible caused greater fear than Darwinism. This is a brilliant, captivating book, crucial in an age of declining faith and rising fundamentalism.

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Religious historian Armstrong discusses the conception, gestation, life, and afterlife of history's most powerful book. Armstrong analyzes the social and political situation in which oral history turned into written scripture, how this all-pervasive scripture was collected into one work, and how it became accepted as Christianity's sacred text. She explores how "as the pragmatic scientific ethos of modernity took hold, scripture was read for the information that it imparted" and how, in the nineteenth century, historical criticism of the Bible caused greater fear than Darwinism.--From publisher description.… (more)

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