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The Bible

A Biography: Books That Changed the World
Lu par : Josephine Bailey
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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, having been translated into over 2,000 languages, as well as 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 66 "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 19th century, historical criticism of the Bible caused greater fear than Darwinism.

The Bible: A Biography is a brilliant, captivating book, crucial in an age of declining faith and rising fundamentalism.

©2007 Karen Armstrong (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

Critiques

"Who better [than Armstrong] to recount the history of the Bible?...Intriguing." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Groundbreaking....Armstrong shows a depth of insight and transparent understanding of complex theological issues....[She is] simply one of the best writers ever on religion." ( Library Journal)

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Gary
  • 30/06/2009

Great Listen

This book was very thought provoking, but you should already know something about Bible history to get the most out of this listen, it is not an entry level book.

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  • Leo
  • 20/02/2009

A very important contribution to history

I realize some who have never read anything about the historicity of the Bible may hear some words they have never encountered before. That said if you have read Armstrong before or historical discussions on the Bible this book was not difficult to follow.

The most important aspect of this book is in reality the comprehensive linear layout which is without doubt a very important historical contribution from Armstrong. I have not found a single source text that lays out the evolution of the various contents of the spiritual documents for the Hebrews and the Christians from antiquity to today. Most history type books such as the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary present slices of the Bible but even that set of book doesn't take a reader all the way through the Bible to illuminate how it came together presented side by side by with the major historical factors.

Further the book is so very compact and therefore can be reviewed quickly and so enables the reader to see the trajectory for the evolving spiritual thinking. This vista which Armstrong reveals to us the laymen reader is virtually unparalleled in the history of those that have written these histories in the past. Personally I wish it had been longer so that even more details could have been exposed.

Finally I must confess that I am an Armstrong Fan to the core and therefore I admit I have some bias in what I read/listen to from this very insightful writer and researcher.

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  • Dan
  • 15/04/2014

Expanded my perspective and compassion

Any additional comments?

Having grown up in a secular household which merely went through the motions of Christian holidays, I have only exposed myself to the Bible in small ways over the years, reading passages here and there and treating it like any other sacred text - a book that has more significance for other people than myself.

I assumed that the Bible had a rich and complex history, but I was not prepared for what I read in this book, and I emerged from it with a new perspective, and perhaps most importantly, a new found compassion and respect for Christianity.

Modern Christianity's focus on the literal interpretation of the Bible as a historical, factual document has always been one of my main reasons for avoiding that faith and its most ardent followers.

I did not know that the literal interpretation was a relatively recent phenomenon, and read with great interest the passages about mystical and allegorical traditions and how they changed over time. I have found inspiration in Bible stories - as allegories - over the years, and was pleased to read that some still consider the text useful to that end.

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • James Francis
  • 23/03/2010

Do you wish your computer could read you a book

Written by Karen Armstrong. Narrated by a robot.

I found this books good points came in how it covered the evolving context of religious beliefs to changes in relation to history and textual criticism. The author also draws connection to the controversies between scholarship and biblical literalists and different sects themselves.

You'll like the book. That is if you can handle hours of monotone speaking.

PS Although it doesnt come in audio form James Kugel, in my opinion, is still the best on covering, in well annotated detail, the old vs new understandings of the bible in his book "how to read the bible"

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  • Stephen H
  • 04/07/2018

Not entirely what I expected

This turned out to be quite an interesting listen, but has bitten off more than it could chew.

The narrator did an 'acceptable' job, but had difficulty with some pronunciation. This always frustrates me as a listener, and takes me out of the moment.

The author tells the story of a book that has been created and changed over a period of 5,000 years. She talks about the influences on the book, and drifts into post-scriptural writings such as the Talmud. Strangely, having chosen to do this Ms Armstrong limited her examination to Christianity and Judaism; failing to even mention Islam or any of the other more recent 'off-shoots' such as the Book of Mormon.

Having said this, she does provide a picture of how the Bible, and its use and interpretation, have changed over time. This ranges from a discussion of the development and place of Kabbalah in Judaism, to the Reformation and Enlightenment changes in attitudes, to modern 'fundamentalism' in both Judaism and Christianity.

The book ends by criticising the violence and mysogyny that the Bible has been used to defend, and encourages inter-faith dialogue (finally including Islam) to work through differences in a non-aggressive process of mutual understanding.

In summary, a worthwhile listen for Christians and atheists, but could do with a great deal more depth.

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  • V.
  • 19/11/2013

Is Josephine Bailey a computer?

Any additional comments?

Perhaps an interesting book, but the narration was awful. I find it hard to believe it was not computer generated.

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  • Max
  • 25/05/2008

Stay clear...unless you are a biblical scholar

I was interested in this book because I wanted to learn more about how the Bible came to be. Since the subtitle pens it is a 'biography', I thought (silly me) that it would be an engaging account of the history of the book. Instead, this was a dry, almost clinical, account of the minutia of ancient Biblical history. The author, Karen Armstrong, seems to take delight in throwing verbose grammar at the reader, to the point that it obscures the message. If I wasn't driving while listening to this book I would want a dictionary to go along with it. The narrator does not help things, as she reads this book like a scientific research paper: dry--no, make that arid. I would only recommend this book if you are already a Biblical scholar; Armstrong goes into such rapid fire detail about such a vast expanse of history that it is impossible to follow the thread of the book unless you have a good grounding in the subject matter already. There must be a better, more engaging narrative out there on how the Bible came to be.

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  • Intazaar
  • 27/02/2018

loved it

a detailed and accurate account of the birth and the journey of the biggest text of our time

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  • Dagmara Arents
  • 28/11/2015

Well researched, well narrated

The book contains a wealth of historical information, and is well written. Like any book of its kind, it needs to read more than once. I plan on getting either printed or a digital version so I can fully absorb and highlight it, and make notes, as is my habit when reading a text, which is as thought provoking as this. But first I want to read more of this author. I believe her books should be read by anyone who is searching for the meaning of religion in today's turbulent times, where religion is once again used as a basis to condemn people for their proclaimed beliefs, behaviors and traditions.

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  • Mariana
  • 31/07/2012

Very interesting history

Would you consider the audio edition of The Bible to be better than the print version?

No

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I don't think this book would make a movie.

Any additional comments?

The audio was very good. The book has many details that I think would be worth reading, but I learned a lot from this oral presentation. I think Karen Armstrong is a great historian, a great writer and great thinker. I've read some of her books and I think they open many doors to important knowledge that all human beings should have in order to have a better understanding of the meaning of religion and God that we are in urgency to posses to reevaluate our realtionship as human beings. I very much recomend this and all of Armstrong's books.

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