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The Bible

A Biography

Books That Changed the World: Book #7

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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—it has been translated into over 2,000 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. The Bible is a brilliant, captivating book, crucial in an age of declining faith and rising fundamentalism.


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Books That Changed the World Series


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The Qur'an
The Qur'an
Bruce Lawrence
Darwin's Origin of Species
Darwin's Origin of Species
Janet Browne
Plato's Republic
Plato's Republic
Simon Blackburn
Clausewitz's On War
Clausewitz's On War
Hew Strachan
Thomas Paine's Rights of Man
Thomas Paine's Rights of Man
Christopher Hitchens
The Bible
The Bible
Karen Armstrong
Marx's Das Kapital
Marx's Das Kapital
Francis Wheen
Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey
Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey
Alberto Manguel

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