The Text of the Bible: Its Path Through History and to the People

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For 2000 years the Bible has inspired and guided human lives, providing wisdom and strength. It provides evidence and witness for the beliefs of three major world religions. Some consider the Bible dangerous, while others have died for it, but the response to the Bible is always passionate. This book relates the story of such passions, from the Roman Empire to the present: barbarian invasions, Black Death, Waldensian heresy, the colour and pageantry of medieval romance, the debauchery of the medieval Vatican, the spirit of the Renaissance, the tradition of monk and scholar. It is a story primarily about individuals, the drama of their lives woven. All this influenced the text; it has been corrupted and distorted so that there exists a confusing number of versions. How did the text of the Bible come to be what it is? This book provides an understanding of, and an appreciation for, the richness of its text.

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"New seeks to tell how today's Bible came to be what it is and to provide an understanding of the richness of its text. He describes this book as a lay person's guide to events and persons from the Roman empire to the present, a romp through popular history; the myths surrounding St. Columba, the beauty and magic of illuminated Irish manuscripts, the barbarian invasions, the Black Death, the Waldenisan heresy, the color and pageantry of medieval romance, the gluttonous and sumptuous life of medieval monks and clergy, the scandalous debauchery of the medieval Vatican, the spirit of the Renaissance, and the tradition of monk and scholar, as well as the Dead Sea scrolls, and the texts and translations used today"--New Testament Abstracts.

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<strong>David S. New</strong>, a full-time writer, holds an M.A. from Princeton and a Ph.D. in religious studies from McMaster University. He lives in Ontario, Canada.

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