Thursday, May 12, 2011
The Story of the Bible
Thomas Nelson, 2010
Source: Received a free copy for review via booksneeze in exchange for an honest review.
I chose to review this book because it had pretty pictures, simple as that. The inside and back cover showcases a colorful timeline covering the history of the Bible, from Abraham to today. Inside the pictures include photographs as well as beautiful Renaissance artwork and other art. There are also pull-out pages which show pages from some of the elaborately decorated Bibles of olden times, such as the Codex Vaticanus.
The history shared is about how Bibles were made and distributed. I learned about the oldest copies we think we have and about different agendas when translating and sharing. It actually ends with information about the JESUS film, a filmed adaptation of the book of Luke which apparently about 225 million people have seen worldwide. Some of the information was repeated several times, which annoyed me but most of it was well-written and new.
Overall: A beautiful book with information on the production of Bibles throughout history.