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How the Bible Was Built

How the Bible Was Built

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The Bible continues to be the world's runaway best-seller. But very few people could say just how its seemingly disparate jumble of writings -- stories, letters, poems, collections of laws, religious visions -- got there. Filling this knowledge gap, How the Bible Was Built clearly tells the story of how the Bible came to be. Penned by Charles Merrill Smith in response to his teenage granddaughter's questions, the manuscript was discovered after Smith's death and has been reworked by his friend James Bennett for a wider audience. Free of theological or sectarian slant, this little volume provides a concise, factual overview of the Bible's construction throughout history, outlining how its various books were written and collected and later canonized and translated. Written in an easy conversational style and enhanced by two helpful appendixes (of biblical terms and dates), How the Bible Was Built will give a more informed understanding of the Bible to people of virtually any reading level and any religious persuasion.
Did you know?

  • The word -Bible- comes from biblion, a Greek word meaning -papyrus scroll.-
  • It took several thousand years to construct the Bible.
  • The book we call Deuteronomy was discovered hidden away in a dark corner during the reconstruction of the temple under King Josiah.
  • The Apocrypha contains some of the earliest -detective- stories on record.
  • Church councils had many disagreements about which books ought to be authoritative (a book called the Shepherd of Hermas almost made the cut; the book of Revelation almost didn't).
  • A heretic helped form the canon.
  • Debate over the canon didn't really end until the Protestant Reformation and the use of the printing press.

Author: Charlse Merrill Smith, James W. Bennett
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Published: 11/01/2005
Pages: 97
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.29lbs
Size: 8.30h x 5.28w x 0.32d
ISBN: 9780802829436

Review Citation(s):
Booklist 10/01/2005 pg. 30
Booklist Editors Choice/Adult 01/01/2006 pg. 6

About the Author
Smith, Charlse Merrill: - Charles Merrill Smith (1919-1985) was a United Methodist minister and the well-known author of such books as How to Become a Bishop without Being Religious, When the Saints Go Marching Out, and the Reverend Randollph mystery seriesBennett, James W.: - James W. Bennett, a longtime friend of Charles Merrill Smith, is the award-winning author of several young adult novels, including Old Hoss and The Squared Circle, as well as the spiritual memoir A Quiet Desperation.

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