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posted by Scot McKnight

I don’t know why I like Donald Brake’s wondrous new book, Visual History of the English Bible, A: The Tumultuous Tale of the World’s Bestselling Book
, the most: Is it because of the rich photography? the story the book tells? or is it the boy-ish delight Brake exudes when he tells another story of his finding some antique Bible? I’ll let you decide when you look through this book … but …



If you look at this book, you’ll buy it. And Amazon’s price is a steal.

Do you have a Bible collection? Any family heirlooms? Do you occasionally find yourself wandering through old Bibles in your home? Now a different kind of question: Do you know the history of the English Bible? The story of William Tyndale? There’s some fascinating history wrapped in the history of the English Bible. What is your favorite book on the history of the Bible/English Bible?

This book is elegantly produced: full of great photographs, captivating
stories, and capable of holding the attention of anyone who is simply
interested in the history of our English Bibles. I recommend that every
church have a copy — and professors ought to have one around the
office to hand to students who become interested in the history of the
English Bible. And pastors will benefit from the stories — hint:
sermon illustrations or great PowerPoint slides. (I’ll say it again: I
don’t know how you could get a book like this for such a price.) One
more push: I want churches to have books like this because far too many
folks simply have no idea what we have gone through to get our
translations.

But this book is really one man’s (love) story of his love for English
Bibles and (his love in) finding them in odd and unusual places. Donald
Brake
is Vice President and Dean of the Seminary at Multnomah
Biblical Seminary. He’s the Bible Hunter.



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T.D. Miekley

posted November 6, 2008 at 12:33 am


Hey Scot –
First off, I like the new layout of your site.
My grandfather has an old Bible that he preached from that is very special and beautiful. It had the gold leaf edges which now is worn and pictures that look as though they were painted by a great painter. What I enjoy most about that Bible though is the wear it has gotten over the many years he has owned it and preached from it. His notes and underlining tells me a story of his journey through the Bible. I guess what I am saying is that having older Bibles – espcially ones that are passed down from someone you care about or have great respect from – are beautiful and are always more valuable to us.



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Andie Piehl

posted November 7, 2008 at 3:20 pm


Scot, I love new and old Bibles. I buy every new Bible that comes along. I got started doing that when I managed an old Family Bookstore in the early 1990s. I’ve kept it up. I have too many to use, but I still love them all. I have my family KJV Bible that my parents got when they got married in 1949. It’s one of the big ones, and looks like the one that T.D. Miekley described, but the text was not touched in it. This Bible sat on the coffee table, but I don’t remember anyone actually using that one. I remember falling in love with the picture in of God in the front and was disappointed when I grew up & realized he probably didn’t really look like that. :) We kids were often warned not to write in it, so our family Bible had no writing in any part of it except the part where our family history is listed with births and deaths, etc. I also have a New Testament that belong to my Grandmother’s mother. It is an RSV, as was my first one, a gift for my 7th birthday from my Daddy.
I use an older NASB Open Bible that was a gift when I professed faith the last time back in 1980. I can hardly see the text for all the notes in that one. It still makes me feel good when I grab it in my hand and use it.
Sorry for saying so much; I think I got carried away on memory lane. As I said, I love my Bibles.



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