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A Visual History of the English Bible: The Tumultuous Tale of the World's Bestselling Book

A Visual History of the English Bible: The Tumultuous Tale of the World's Bestselling Book

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by Donald L. Brake

This beautiful book documents the fascinating journey of the Bible from the pulpit to the people. Filled with more than 100 illustrations, maps, and pages from early Bibles, this book makes a great companion to the family Bible on the coffee table. Loaded with little-known facts, anecdotes, and stories, A Visual History of the English Bible, makes for a compelling and educational read.

Dozens of English translations of the Bible are available today, but Scripture was not always so easy to obtain. Donald L. Brake invites you to discover the tumultuous tale of how the Bible was transformed from medieval manuscripts read only by clergy to a bestseller widely available in contemporary languages.

From John Wycliffe to King Henry VIII, from the Geneva Bible and the King James Version to the American Revolution and the Civil War, Donald L. Brake brings to life the story of the Bible's transformation into an English bestseller. Along the way you'll meet a number of heroes of the Christian faith who dedicated themselves to preserving and publishing the Scriptures, often at risk to their own lives. You'll also find over one hundred illustrations, helpful explanations of principles in Bible translation and biblical interpretation, and a comparison of today's major new translations. You'll never take your copies of the English Bible for granted again.


"Brake opens up a world of information about the English Bible. I found myself repeating the exclamation, 'I didn't know that!' I have several popular books on the history of the English Bible, but none that so thoroughly addresses the historical background of those hoary tomes of the Reformation era as does Brake's." -- Daniel B. Wallace, executive director, Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts

"Compellingly written and richly illustrated. The reader will be drawn into the many twists and turns that the Bible took from the monasteries to the masses." -- Charles C. Ryrie, editor, Ryrie Study Bible; author, Balancing the Christian Life, Basic Theology, and Survey of Bible Doctrine

"Brake leads you on a memorable journey through royal courts filled with intrigue, rare book shops in search of treasures, and rigorous scholarly debates in the historic battle over the Bible. You will come away with a far greater appreciation for the English Bible and what countless people throughout the centuries have paid with gold, sweat, tears, and even blood to bring God's Word to us today." -- Paul Louis Metzger, PhD, professor of Christian Theology and Theology of Culture, Multnomah Biblical Seminary

Hardback; 352 color pages

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