A Visual History of the English Bible
With a full color layout and over one hundred illustrations,A Visual History of the English Bible covers the fascinating journey of the Bible from the pulpit to the people. Renowned biblical scholar Donald L. Brake invites readers to explore...
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With a full color layout and over one hundred illustrations,A Visual History of the English Bible covers the fascinating journey of the Bible from the pulpit to the people. Renowned biblical scholar Donald L. Brake invites readers to explore the process of transformation from medieval manuscripts to the contemporary translations of our day. Along the way, readers will meet many heroes of the faith--men and women who preserved and published the Scriptures, often at risk of their own lives.
From Wycliffe and Tyndale to King Henry VIII and the Geneva Bible, from the Bishop's Bible and the King James Version to the American Revolution and the Civil War, this tumultuous tale is history come alive. This book is perfect for history buffs, bibliophiles, and anyone interested in the colorful account of the world's most popular book.
The fascinating journey of the Bible from the pulpit to the peopleDozens of English translations of the Bible are available today, but Scripture was not always so easy to obtain. Donald L. Brake invites you to discover the tumultuous tale of how the Bible was transformed from medieval manuscripts read only by clergy to a bestseller widely available in contemporary languages. "Brake opens up a world of information about the English Bible. I found myself repeating the exclamation, 'I didn't know that!' I have several popular books on the history of the English Bible, but none that so thoroughly addresses the historical background of those hoary tomes of the Reformation era as does Brake's."--Daniel B. Wallace, executive director, Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts "Compellingly written and richly illustrated. The reader will be drawn into the many twists and turns that the Bible took from the monasteries to the masses."--Charles C. Ryrie, editor, Ryrie Study Bible; author, Balancing the Christian Life, Basic Theology, and Survey of Bible Doctrine"Brake leads you on a memorable journey through royal courts filled with intrigue, rare book shops in search of treasures, and rigorous scholarly debates in the historic battle over the Bible. You will come away with a far greater appreciation for the English Bible and what countless people throughout the centuries have paid with gold, sweat, tears, and even blood to bring God's Word to us today."--Paul Louis Metzger, PhD, professor of Christian Theology and Theology of Culture, Multnomah Biblical Seminary
"Any Christian who wants to connect with the past, to learn about the great tradition of the Bible in English, should be delighted with this new book by Donald Brake. The author is the right man to pen A Visual History of the English Bible. Don''t be deceived: with ''visual'' in the title, one might think that this book is light on substance. Not so. As a long-time Bible collector and student of Scripture, Brake opens up a world of information about the English Bible. I found myself repeating the exclamation, ''I didn''t know that!'' I have several popular books on the history of the English Bible, but none that so thoroughly addresses the historical background of those hoary tomes of the Reformation era as does Brake''s."--Daniel B. Wallace, executive director, Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts "A remarkably comprehensive history of our English Bible from its earliest antecedents to its contemporary translations. Compellingly written and richly illustrated. The reader will be drawn into the many twists and turns that the Bible took from the monasteries to the masses. Vignettes of the author''s adventures in his own collecting are a plus. Reading this book will be informative and engaging and should result in a deepening gratitude for the heritage from all who sacrificed so much."--Charles C. Ryrie, editor, Ryrie Study Bible; author, Balancing the Christian Life, Basic Theology, and Survey of Bible Doctrine"With the publication of The Da Vinci Code and The Gospel of Judas, increased attention has focused on the question of how we got our Bible. Christians rightly wonder if we can trust the manuscripts underlying our Bibles, and whether we can have confidence in our English translations. Dr. Brake''s wonderfully illuminating history traces the story of the translation of the English Bible from John Wycliffe and William Tyndale, through the ''authorized'' King James Version, and up to the plethora of contemporary English translations.This is a compelling story of heroes and scoundrels, opportunists and martyrs. Dr. Brake relates the story with zest and insight. Even the reader who knows some of this story will find much that is new.This is no mere history book, however. Every chapter has color plates of the original editions of these venerable Bibles described in the text. Maps for historical context and portraits of the translators themselves enliven the narrative.The author tells this story lovingly. A Bible collector himself, he has woven into each chapter personal anecdotes about his own collecting experiences that enrich the history. The final chapters unravel the complexity of current translations, with insights on how to choose an English translation that fits your needs.This is a beautiful book to own. More importantly, it is an important book to read with gratitude to the generations of translators, many of whom paid a great price that the Bible could be read in the language of the common man."--Daniel R. Lockwood, president, Multnomah Bible College and Seminary"Dr. Brake''s book is a welcome addition to Bible scholars who aspire to know how divine providence has preserved God''s Word. In a single volume Dr. Brake has educated the reader to the sacrifice of hundreds of men and women who for over six hundred years have demanded the Bible in the language of the people. It''s a personal story of the joy that endless pursuit of rare copies miraculously preserved by time that tells the story of God''s faithfulness. Every pastor, layman, and student of the Bible should own a copy of this story by Donald Brake."--Craig H. Lampe, owner, The Bible Museum"Donald Brake''s A Visual History of the English Bible deserves a wide readership. He salts his compelling narrative about the democratization of the Bible with whimsical stories about how he, as a man of unexceptional means, slowly obtained a wonderful collection of rare editions. The result is informative and entertaining. Brake''s happy obsession benefits us all."--Robert B. Sl
Donald Brake (Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) is Vice President and Dean of the Seminary, Professor of Theology at Multnomah Biblical Seminary. After graduating from seminary, Dr. Brake, his wife, Carol, and their family spent two terms as missionaries in Ethiopia. With the successful coup of Haile Selassie and the installation of the communist government, the Brakes were forced to return to the U.S. Dr. Brake accepted a teaching position at Multnomah Bible College and Biblical Seminary. Dr. Brake is a collector of ancient Bibles and manuscripts in Greek, Latin, and English.