Whose Bible Is It?

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

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The Bible is among the world's most influential and important books - and the most controversial. It affects not just religious beliefs but every aspect of our culture, including the very language we speak. But how did it become the book we know it to be? In this superbly written history, Jaroslav Pelikan charts its evolution from oral tales via Hebrew texts, Greek, and Latin translations, to its many different forms today, offering a new insight into the history of the last three thousand years. This is an enduring work of scholarship and a fascinating read.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 17mm | 218g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 014102268X
  • 9780141022680
  • 425,928

About Jaroslav Pelikan

Jaroslav Pelikan is Sterling professor Emeritus of history at Yale and past president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His many books include the five-volume The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine, Jesus Through the Centuries. and Mary through the Centuries.
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Religious arguments are irresolvable. History shows us that. And arguments over the status of the Bible (whether it is fact, fiction or myth; what books should or should not constitute "the Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible"; what credence to give to the Books of the apocrypha; etc.) look set to run and run. Jaroslav Pelikan's wonderful <em>Whose Bible Is It? A History of the Scriptures Through the Ages</em> is a must-read for anyone interested in these questions. Pelikan (1923-2006) was one of the world's foremost scholars of the history of Christianity and this superb, and very accessible, book tells a fascinating story of how the earliest Hebrew texts, via translations into Greek and Latin, became the Bible we think we know today.show more
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