Book Review: The Story of the Bible by Larry Stone

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Larry Stone, The Story of the Bible: The Fascinating History of its Writing, Translation & Effect on Civilization.  Thomas Nelson: Nashville, 2010.

The Bible.  So many people around the world hear, read and study this all-time bestselling book.  Yet, few are actually aware of how it came to be.  Except in more academic settings, issues surrounding its writing, transmission, and the history of translation are often ignored.  However, there is a great need to arrive at a more informed understanding of how the book that so many hold in their hands actually came to be.  Such an understanding will be a tremendous asset to how one reads the text of Scripture, interprets its story and finds a home within its pages.

Larry Stone has made this possible for everyone.

Written in a language and style that make it accessible to most every reader, the book also includes 23 pull-out pages that provide pictures of various ancient manuscript fragments (along with brief descriptions), as well as other important early translations.  Stone also traces the history of the Bible’s movement from such manuscripts to the collection of books we have today.

The front and back covers provide a timeline of events in the Bible’s history, from Abraham to Moses (2100-1446 BC) through to the modern era (2010).  This simple, yet effective tool, is a great way to quickly review the movement, growth, recording and writing of these ancient texts.

All in all, I think that everyone who owns a Bible, regardless of translation preference, should also own a copy of this book.  It will provide you with an introductory, well-researched and highly readable guide to better understand and appreciate the Bible’s context and content.  Give it as a gift to the new and seasoned Christ-follower, as well as to the serious student.  The book will be one that should find a place next to the Bible itself and will better prepare you to read and live its life-giving principles.

I highly recommend it!

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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