Rise and Fall of the Bible The Unexpected History of an Accidental Book

ISBN-10: 0547737343
ISBN-13: 9780547737348
Edition: 2011
Authors: Timothy Beal
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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 4/10/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

In this revelatory exploration of one of our most revered icons, a critically acclaimed author and professor takes us back to early Christianity to ask how a box of handwritten scrolls became the Bible, and forward to see how the multibillion-dollar business that has brought us Biblezines and Manga Bibles is selling down the Bible’s sacred capital. Showing us how a single official text was created from the proliferation of different scripts, Beal traces its path as it became embraced as the word of God and Book of books. Among his surprising insights:• Christianity thrived for centuries without any Bible—there was no official canon of scriptures, much less a book big enough to hold them all. Congregations used various collections of scrolls and codices. • There is no “original” Bible, no single source text behind the thousands of different Bibles on the market today. The farther we go back in the Bible’s history, the more versions we find. • The idea of the Bible as the literal Word of God is relatively new—only about a century old.  Beal’s is an inspiring new take on the Bible. In calling for a fresh understanding of the ways scriptures were used in the past, he offers the chance to rediscover a Bible, and a faith, that is truer to its own history—not a book of answers but a library of questions.

The End of the Word as We Know It: A Personal Introduction
Magic 8 Ball Bible
The Rise of a Cultural Icon
The Way of Salvation
So Long, Judas
The Course of This Book
My Utmost, Revisited
The Greatest Story Ever Sold
Sodom and Gomorrah Equals Love
Biblical Consumerism
Expectations of Biblical Proportions
By Whose Authority?
Biblical Values
Felt Needs
Values Added
Finding Your Niche
Necessary Supplements
If That's What It Means, Why Doesn't It Say So?
Manga Bibles
A Different Cookie
Twilight of the Idol
The Evangelical Dilemma
Selling Out
Type's Setting
Distress Crop
Behold Your God
What Would Jesus Read?
Jesus Sings
Christianity Before the Bible
No Original
No Canon
Early Christian Network Society
The Story of the Good Book
Remembering What's Lost
Scrolling Down to the Book
Scattered Throughout the Whole World
After Gutenberg
Multiplying the Leaves
Lost in Translations
Not a Rock but a River
Library of Questions
Mark Twain's Drugstore
Letting Suffering Speak
Trials of God
Weak Rope Theory
Is the Bible a Failure?
Faith in Ambiguity
Nothing but a Burning Light
The Bible by the Side of the Road
And I Feel Fine
Cracking the Binding
Loose Canon
Back to the Future
Living Conversations
Seeds to Go Around
Word Without End
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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