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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (886 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Armstrong, Josephine Bailey Narrator: Josephine Bailey Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Books that Changed the World Series Release Date:
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As the work at the heart of Christianity, the Bible is the spiritual guide for one out of every three people in the world. It is also the world’s most widely distributed book—it has been translated into over two thousand languages—and the world’s bestselling book, year after year. But the Bible is a complex work with a complicated and obscure history. Made up of sixty-six “books” written by various authors and divided into two testaments, its contents have changed over the centuries. The Bible has been transformed by translation and, through interpretation, has developed manifold meanings to various religions, denominations, and sects.

In this seminal account, acclaimed historian Karen Armstrong discusses the conception, gestation, and life of history’s most powerful book. Armstrong analyzes the social and political situation in which oral history turned into written scripture, how this all-pervasive scripture was collected into one work, and how it became accepted as Christianity’s sacred text. She explores how scripture came to be read for information and how, in the nineteenth century, historical criticism of the Bible caused greater fear than Darwinism. The Bible is a brilliant, captivating book, crucial in an age of declining faith and rising fundamentalism.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Josephine Bailey’s] in top form, lending the clipped and decidedly upper-crust accent that has served her well.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Josephine Bailey’s reading is lively and provocative.”

    Library Journal

  • “Bailey skillfully keeps the text moving, easily handling historical terms and names.”


  • “This is one terrific little book.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katherine | 2/9/2014

    " I am NOT a believer, just one of the curious. This was highly informative, balanced, objective and excrutiatingly well researched. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Peggy Lo | 2/8/2014

    " I learned a ton of things, mostly about how the Bible (and various versions of it) was put together over time and also how people read it. Apparently the literal reading was a relatively recent thing; I'd assumed it had always been that way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tara Bianca | 2/8/2014

    " Nice little intro book, densely written and useful for the bibilical history novice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Renny | 2/4/2014

    " Read this June of 2008 and remember finding it an interesting and worthwhile read... agreeing with writer whose review included the following statement: "very good summary of the history of the Bible, from origins in oral tradition to contemporary phenomena such as a literal reading. It was particularly good on outlining the differences in approach in Jewish and Christian traditions." "

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