The Story of the Bible by Larry Stone

Posted: April 3, 2011 in Christianity, Reviews
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The Story of the Bible: The Fascinating History of Its Writing, Translation & Effect on Civilization by Larry Stone is a look at the bible from its writing through modern day translations. The book gives an overview of the effects the bible has had on the world since its writing. It provides a fascinating look at the history of the bible in the early church, the middle ages, the Reformation, the foundation of the United States and much more.

This book was visually very impressive with pull out sheets that correspond with the text being read. It contains samples of early codices to samples of translations to new languages. For a history nerd such as myself, this book was pure gold. While not diving too deeply into any one topic, it provides an amazingly thorough look at the history of the most important book ever written. It is a reminder to those of us who have religious freedom the price that many paid with their lives for the translation and dispersing of the bible. Having the bible in our own language is something that most of us take for granted. I no longer take that for granted thanks to this book. The final chapter is a look at the agencies trying to translate the bible into new languages today. It is also a reminder that the work of taking God’s Word to the ends of the earth is a task still before us today. I would definitely recommend this book to all.


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