Whose Bible Is It? A History of the Scriptures Through the Ages by Jaroslav Pelikan

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In the end, this supremely elegant and thoughtful book declares that the question of who owns the Bible is, essentially, blasphemous; but if you are going to think about it in those terms, then the best way is for Jewish and Christian communities to realise that "neither [of them] would be anything without it".
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Jaroslav Pelikan, widely regarded as one of the most distinguished historians of our day, now provides a clear and engaging account of the Bible’s journey from oral narrative to Hebrew and Greek text to today’s countless editions. Pelikan explores the evolution of the Jewish, Protestant, and Catholic versions and the development of the printing press and its effect on the Reformation, the translation into modern languages, and varying schools of critical scholarship. Whose Bible Is It? is a triumph of scholarship that is also a pleasure to read.
 

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Jaroslav Pelikan (Ph.D., University of Chicago) was Sterling Professor Emeritus of History at Yale University, where he served on the faculty from 1962-1996. His universally acclaimed works include the five-volume The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine and Jesus through the Centuries: His Place in the History of Culture.
 
Published January 31, 2006 by Penguin Books. 288 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Nicholas Lezard on Jul 28 2006

In the end, this supremely elegant and thoughtful book declares that the question of who owns the Bible is, essentially, blasphemous; but if you are going to think about it in those terms, then the best way is for Jewish and Christian communities to realise that "neither [of them] would be anything without it".

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