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How We Got the Bible de Neil R. Lightfoot
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How We Got the Bible (edició 2010)

de Neil R. Lightfoot (Autor)

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How and when did the books of the Bible originate? In what sense are these books different from other books? How have these books been preserved and transmitted to us? Why do we have so many different translations of the Bible? How We Got the Bible provides factual, accessible answers to questions like these. A classic guide for Bible students, it has sold more than 300,000 copies during its forty years in print. Now, in this new edition, each chapter has been revised and chapters have been added, including two on the Septuagint and the Latin Vulgate. This thorough revision will tempt fans of the previous edition and pave the way for a new generation of readers as well.… (més)
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Títol:How We Got the Bible
Autors:Neil R. Lightfoot (Autor)
Informació:Baker Books (2010), Edition: 3rd Edition, Revised and Expanded, 224 pages
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I have been on a quest for an easy-to-read introduction to historical and literary analysis of the Bible. My goal is to find something to recommend to to my Christian friends who are lacking what I consider rather fundamental knowledge about a book that they are basing their life on. Christians will (and should) read the Bible primarily from a devotional point of view. However, to not understand the origins of a book you are basing your life on is, in my opinion, rather scary.

However, this book is most certainly not the book I would recommend. First, this book is only about textual criticism which is concerned with recovering the original text of the Bible. This is certainly an important part of understanding the Bible as it exists today, but only a part.

Second, while the book claims to be about how we got the Bible, it's really mostly about how we got the New Testament with a small amount of discussion about the Old Testament.

Third, when the author says that this book is "designed for the average reader", he means middle school reading level. Despite the book's 209 pages, the author gives only a shallow overview of textual criticism. To pad out the space, he spends a fair amount of time on stories about how various manuscripts were discovered. A better author could, perhaps, pull this off without making it seem like a waste of space, but Lightfoot, while a quite competent writer, is not quite up to the demands of the "the adventure of discovery" genre.

I would not say that this is exactly a bad book. It's just not very good. My current candidate book for recommending to others covered the same informational content in less than a chapter.

(The annoying part is that I actually spent money on this book because it was recommended by someone who I have luck listening to in the past, and the library did not have it.) ( )
  eri_kars | Jul 10, 2022 |
Un libro fundamental para toda persona que de una u otra manera lee la Biblia, ayuda a eliminar muchos errores y confusiones respecto a las traducciones, los originales, la preservación y afirma la fe en la infalibilidad de la Biblia como palabra inspirada por Dios. ( )
  CarlosCelis | Feb 15, 2022 |
Good overview of this interesting subject. ( )
  hmskip | Jun 28, 2021 |
Excellent reference book for better insight into how the Bible came to us. Could serve as good class guide. ( )
  parapreacher | Oct 14, 2015 |
A history of the writing of the Bible; unfortunately, the author manages to ignore a large chunk of the scholarship on the topic. This book is written more for propping up belief that the Bible is the received word of God than it is for taking an honest look at the actual process of writing the Bible. Mostly interesting for the discussion of the various scrolls and papyri that are available; however, the author plays some word tricks to prop up belief that these are older than they really are, often mentioning a much earlier date in the first paragraph of a section, setting it in the reader's mind that the scrolls, etc, go back to this earlier date. Only the most discerning reader is likely to catch the bait-and-switch. It does get points for being easy to read and well written; not a lot of jargon to clutter up the process for a lay person. ( )
  Devil_llama | Jul 16, 2014 |
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How and when did the books of the Bible originate? In what sense are these books different from other books? How have these books been preserved and transmitted to us? Why do we have so many different translations of the Bible? How We Got the Bible provides factual, accessible answers to questions like these. A classic guide for Bible students, it has sold more than 300,000 copies during its forty years in print. Now, in this new edition, each chapter has been revised and chapters have been added, including two on the Septuagint and the Latin Vulgate. This thorough revision will tempt fans of the previous edition and pave the way for a new generation of readers as well.

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