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Book Review: A Visual History of the English Bible by Donald L. Brake

Sola meaning alone, ground, base.
Scriptura meaning writings.
Together they are Sola Scriptura meaning complete, accurate, authoritative--"by Scripture alone."
"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV



Link for the book @ Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Visual-History-English-Bible-Bestselling/dp/080101316X
Hardcover $19.79

Link for the book @ Christian Book:
http://www.christianbook.com/visual-history-english-tumultuous-worlds-selling/donald-brake/9780801013164/pd/013164
***outstanding price Hardcover $7.49

Link for the book @ publisher:
http://www.bakerbooks.com/ME2/Audiences/dirmod.asp?nm=&type=PubCom&mod=PubComProductCatalog&mid=BF1316AF9E334B7BA1C33CB61CF48A4E&tier=3&id=DCF74131335D48BFB4E4D47AF39619AA&AudId=2CE59DBC134644E48BA21637B1D727C3
Hardcover $29.99

Published September 2008 by Baker Publishing Group
352 pages/Non-Fiction/History of Bible

With the many different translations of the Bible most of us are not aware of how they came to be. For my generation I grew up with the King James Version. My earliest memories of Scripture memorization and Bible stories were in this version. In 2011 my translations of choice are the New International Version, New American Standard Version, and English Standard Version, (not listed in any order of favorite). I recently purchased and am now reading Romans in The Interlinear New Testament Bible--the literal translation.
I knew little of the Gutenberg Bible or Wycliffe's Bible, or others. These were translations that were written many centuries ago, but each contributed to the Bible translations that we use today.
A Visual History of the English Bible is a great beginner book for anyone interested in learning more about the English Bible. This book does not go in to any detail about the texts that were used to write the Bible translations, such as the Alexandrian text, or Western text. Nor the many other codex's and manuscripts that are used today in writing our current translations. The focus is on the English Bible's that were written starting with the 14th Century.

There is a book by F. F. Bruce that I am thinking of ordering from Amazon that goes in to more deeper waters with the Bible.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/083081258X/ref=s9_simh_gw_p14_d0_i3?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_r=1EHN9HKRRJVW95FGEP0W&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938811&pf_rd_i=507846
Hardcover $18.48

After reading A Visual History of the English Bible it has only peeked my interest for reading more about the Bible, especially these earliest texts that were used.
One of the outstanding features of A Visual History of the Bible are the lovely glossy photograph's of the Bibles, manuscripts--many that the author Donald L. Brake has collected for himself.
I enjoyed reading about John Wycliffe. Before Wycliffe only clergy could own and read Scripture. It was not encouraged to own or read the Scripture. People pre-Wycliffe knew Scripture only through songs, poems, and plays with Biblical themes. It was the Roman Catholic Church that forbade the reading of Scripture. As it was with the Jewish leaders during Jesus' time, it was the same for the Roman Catholic Church during the centuries before Reformation---power and control they did not want to loose.
Wycliffe Bible--the beginning of the Gospel of John.

The Gutenberg Bible is considered one of the most beautiful of the Bibles. It is a work of artistry.
Detail of the Gutenberg Bible--unknown Scripture.
A Visual History of the English Bible takes the reader from (brief) early manuscripts to our current translations. Along the way the author Donald L. Brake shares stories from his Bible collecting adventures.
I enjoyed reading this book and am looking forward to reading more books on the history of the Bible.

Blissful Reading!
Annette

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