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A Visual History of the English Bible: The Tumultuous Tale of the World's Bestselling Book
     

A Visual History of the English Bible: The Tumultuous Tale of the World's Bestselling Book

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by Donald L. Brake
 

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Donald L. Brake (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is vice president of Multnomah Bible College and Seminary and dean of Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Portland, Oregon. A former pastor, Brake lives in Washington State.

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Donald L. Brake (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is vice president of Multnomah Bible College and Seminary and dean of Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Portland, Oregon. A former pastor, Brake lives in Washington State.

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Publishers Weekly

Not unlike an epic story, the history of the formation and translation of the Bible is filled with intrigue and adventure, heroes and knaves. Considering how much ink has been spilled about the Bible's purported meanings, it's surprising how few authors have captured the excitement of its evolution from disparate manuscripts to accepted canon to bestselling book. Brake, who is president of Multnomah College and has a Ph.D. from conservative Dallas Theological Seminary, takes the reader on a wonderful journey through several thousand years of history (though the heaviest emphasis is on the 15th century to the present), marking the people, events and crises through which the Bible has had to pass, finally emerging in our time as a versatile and vital document. Nearly every page contains an illustration, chart or other visual aid to assist the reader. Refreshingly readable and lavishly illustrated, this volume is essential to anyone wanting to understand the Bible and its hazardous progress through the ages. (Sept. 15)

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Library Journal

That the Bible is the divinely inspired word of God is a fundamental tenet among Christians; the text was originally written, however, in Aramaic, Greek, and Hebrew. The history of the translation of the Bible into English between the 14th and 20th centuries is both a fascinating and a turbulent one. With this profusely illustrated, informed, and concisely written book, Brake (dean, Multnomah Biblical Seminary, Portland) relates that history. In 16 chapters, he employs a descriptive narrative chronological method that treats major issues (e.g., the seven rules for translation), the versions of the Bible (e.g., Geneva, King James, and Douay-Rhemes), and translators (e.g., John Wycliff, William Tyndale, and Myles Coverdale). The text is complemented by color illustrations of important Bible translations (many from the author's own collection), time lines, maps, tables, and digressions describing Brake's personal experiences collecting rare Bibles. Aimed at a broad general audience, its purpose is to trace how the Bible, whose interpretation the church strictly controlled, became available to laypeople through vernacular translation into English, as well as that process's violent, persecution-filled, and tumultuous history. Highly recommended.
—Charles Murray

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801013164
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/15/2008
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
588,945
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.16(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Donald L. Brake (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is Dean Emeritus, Multnomah Biblical Seminary, Portland, Oregon. An avid collector of rare Bibles and manuscripts for more than 30 years, he amassed one of the most complete private collections of rare English Bibles and Greek New Testaments in America, which are now in the Dunham Bible Museum at the Houston Baptist University. He is a former pastor and the author of A Visual History of the English Bible. Brake lives in Washington.

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Visual History of the English Bible: The Tumultuous Tale of the World's Bestselling Book 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was given as a gift, and I hope the one who received it appreciated it - I did have a small problem when I tried to cancen an order that I made last week, and could not cancel it once the order was made - my attempt to save you postage were to no avail - I returned it to your brick and mortar store and save the return postage that way -

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