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The Bible A Biography (Paperback)

Author:  Karen Armstrong
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0802143849
ISBN-13: 9780802143846
Sku: 207973448
Publish Date: 11/1/2008
Pages:  302
Age Range:  NA
 
As the single work at the heart of Christianity, the world''s largest organized religion, the Bible is the spiritual guide for one out of every three people in the world. In this seminal account, acclaimed historian Armstrong discusses the conception, gestation, life, and afterlife of history''s most powerful book.
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An eye-opening study of the world's most influential book examines the Bible's complex and varied history, the social and political environment in which oral history became written Scripture, how the various books were collected into a single volume, its acceptance as Christianity's sacred text, and the impact of translation and interpretation on meaning. Reprint.An eye-opening study of the world's most influential book examines the Bible's complex and varied history, the social and political environment in which oral history became written Scripture, how the various books were collected into a single volume, its acceptance as Christianity's sacred text, and the impact of translation and interpretation on meaning. Reprint.Examines the Bible's complex history, the social and political environment in which oral history became written scripture, how the various books were collected into a single volume, and its acceptance as Christianity's sacred text.
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Religious historian and former nun, Karen Armstrong (THE HISTORY OF GOD, THE GREAT TRANSFORMATION) tackles a momentous task in this addition to the Books that Changed the World series--a biography of the Bible, perhaps the most widely read and contested book in print. Armstrong divides her study into eight succinct chapters |(the whole book is less than 200 pages): Torah, Scripture, Gospel, Midrash, Charity, Lecto Divina, Sola Scriptura, and Modernity. She discusses the collection of the many texts that came to make up the Bible, its codification by the religious power-brokers, and its influential proliferation, and she highlights how readings of the Bible have changed from cultural moment to cultural moment, which supports the notion that this is a book that bears multiple interpretations and cannot but be related to its enduring importance.
Author Bio
Karen Armstrong
Often, women or men who leave a life dedicated to religion don't look back. However, in the case of Karen Armstrong, her formal religious life gave way to a broader, worldlier pursuit of God in the academic and journalistic arenas. Born in 1945 in a small town outside of Birmingham, England, Armstrong had a childhood of wild imagining and voracious reading. She thrived during 11 years of Catholic schooling before, in 1962, turning her life over to the religious order she had grown up with. Initially convinced that convent life would be fulfilling, Armstrong grew to feel differently and, after a strenuous novitiate, she left the order in 1969 and turned to Oxford, where she received her Bachelors degree in literature. Later, in addition to teaching literature at the University of London, Armstrong wrote her autobiography, THROUGH THE NARROW GATE (1983). This book not only allowed her to come to terms with the decision she had made in 1969, but it also granted her, in 1984, an invitation from British Channel 4 Television to write a documentary on St. Paul in Jerusalem, which gave Armstrong firsthand experience of the clashing of the three dominant monotheistic religions: Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Since that time, she has worked diligently on academic and journalistic projects oriented around these faith systems. She is known as the preeminent commentator on comparative religion in Britain and the United States: she has been a teacher at the Leo Baeck School for the Study of Judaism and was the recipient of the 1999 Muslim Public Affairs Council's Media Award. As for her own beliefs, though her work has brought her back to the religious life through the back door of academics, she is neither biased to any one faith system nor beholden to her history, referring to herself only as a "freelance monotheist."

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"[Armstrong] provides an excellent précis on the writing and compiling of the Bible and the ensuing centuries of biblical interpretation....This is one terrific little book." - Ray Olson July 2007

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0302
Product attributePublisher:   Grove Press
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