The Story of the Bible: The Fascinating History of Its Writing, Translation & Effect on Civilization

The Story of the Bible: The Fascinating History of Its Writing, Translation & Effect on Civilization

by Larry Stone


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In 1844 a German scholar traveled ten days by camel to a monastery guarded by the 1,100-year-old skeleton of a janitor, where the scholar discovered the world’s oldest complete copy of the New Testament.

In 1947 the oldest complete manuscript of Hebrew Scripture disappeared in Syrian riots. Part of it was later recovered, and a full page and a fragment were also discovered in Brooklyn, New York.

In 1536 William Tyndale was burned at the stake for the crime of publishing the New Testament in English.

The Bible is a remarkable collection of books and letters,
written by more than forty authors over a period of 1,500 years. Its words have been studied, disputed, and treasured. They have also brought comfort,
conviction, and challenge. Today at least one book of the Bible is translated into more than 2,400 of the world’s 6,900 living languages.

The Story of the Bible
is a sweeping panorama of the Bible’s 3,500-year history, answering questions such as: How accurate are the manuscripts we have?

Do all translations say the same thing? Was America really founded on the Bible? Why are the Dead Sea Scrolls so important?


“A captivating and colorful account of the history of the
Bible from parchment to print.” – Ravi Zacharias, from the foreword

The Story of the
tells beautifully and crisply how the Bible came together and how it has been read through the centuries. It is a joy to scan and is rich to read,
an excellent book about the most unique book in the world.” – Darrell Bock,
Ph.D., author, Jesus: According to the
and Breaking the DaVinci

The Story of the
offers breathtaking insight and compelling clues into the Bible and its power over the heart of mankind.” – Rabbi Daniel Lapin, American Alliance of Jews and Christians

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595551191
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 09/21/2010
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 9.40(w) x 11.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Larry Stone was editorial vice president for Thomas Nelson Publishers and co-founder of Rutledge Hill Press. He has ghost written books on a variety of subjects, edited and published such biblical reference books as Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary and The Bible Almanac , and published more than a dozen New York Times bestsellers. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and University of Iowa, a former missionary to Zambia, and was most recently executive director of KidShape, a pediatric weight management program.

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BookGeekie More than 1 year ago
One word describes this book: AWESOME! I really didn't know what to expect when I requested this book. It looked interesting, but I wasn't really sure. What I received was well worth the anticipation. The layout is beautiful. A coffee-table format, there are pockets with reproductions of manuscripts, etc. The layout is gorgeous, drawing the explorer in with the photos and text. I really wasn't sure about the actual content of the book, and I'm still not sure. I don't know anything about Larry Stone. But the forward was written by Ravi Zacharias, and he's been solid in his teaching, so I would trust the information therein. Want a beautiful display book? Something to make you look smart and think smart? Look no further. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze-dot-com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Jenny_Rose More than 1 year ago
The Story of the Bible by Larry Stone is a chronological account of how the Bible came about. It begins with the early days of record keeping via stone, copper, papyrus, and parchment. Next came the development of scrolls and then codex-the predecessors of the book. Stone describes the protocols and procedures that were put in place to ensure the accuracy of future copies of chapters and books of the Bible. As each ancient record is discovered, analyzed and placed in the historical time line the validity and accuracy of the scriptures is proven over and over. The original manuscripts of the Bible have survived raids, wars, washings and re-usings, fires-and yet there is still enough left for scholars to study and marvel at the consistency of the man-made copies. The locations of the discoveries show that copies were dispersed and circulated. The early church had to deal with false teaching without the benefit of an established Bible. I'll admit I have not finished reading this book. It is big and packed with information. The portion I have read is fascinating and I look forward to reading more, gradually and seeing more of God's sovereignty revealed as He has obvious overseen the survival of so many puzzle pieces. I plan to make this a permanent part of my home library and I'm sure I will refer to it as I do various Bible studies. I received this book free from Thomas Nelson to read and give an honest review.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must say that this is a great book! The Story of the Bible is an informative and page-turning history of the Bible. It starts with the beginning (quite literally) and ends in present day. Mr. Stone also covers the many translations that the Bible has come through. This book is well written and to the point. The illustrations and pictures throughout the book are absolutely beautiful. I especially enjoyed that I could pull out life-sized reproductions of Bible pages and scrolls. Should I never have the opportunity to visit those beautiful Bibles in person, I can at least have an idea of what the originals look like. I greatly appreciate all the information that was put into this book. Sure, I could have pulled out some of my husband's books from seminary that are 2,000 pages long and really, really in-depth, but this is a great condensed version of those that gives you tons of information in 96 pages. It is a great reference book to pull off the shelf at any time and a wonderful book to loan to a friend that wants to learn more about the Bible and its history through the ages. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneezedotcom book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Real4Truth More than 1 year ago
I am going to be honest. When I saw that it was another book on the history of the Bible, I cringed. There are so many books about the bible and its translation etc., that I thought, "What could this book have to offer that others do not?" Wow, was I wrong. Larry Stone's The Story of the Bible is just a fascinating book that does not just give a boring historical account of the Bible but captivates you with great stories, amazingly graphic and stunning pictures and illustrations and even provides 23 life-sized pull-out pages from the world's most important Bibles. They are tucked away in folders throughout the book so it is like finding ancient treasures and makes reading the book that much more exciting. This book would make an excellent gift to anyone who wants to learn the rich history of the most printed, provocative, and powerfully persuasive ancient text in the whole world. I think Larry Stone's book really appeals to current postmodern sensibilities where image and story are the prime mediums in regards to communication and informational literacy. Way to go Larry Stone!!! I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Story of the Bible is a fairly comprehensive history (for being less than 100 pages) of how the Bible came to be. It traces the development of the book throughout history, looking at how different movements and people effected its development. It makes a wonderful coffee table book or conversation piece, especially with its 23 life-sized pullout copied pages from influential Bibles in history. The inside covers contain a timeline of Bible's development and there are wonderful illustrations throughout the book. The history of the Bible also provides a nice look at the history of the world. It was quite an interesting read. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
JanetRuth More than 1 year ago
The Story of the Bible is a coffee table type of book, and one that instantly became a treasured part of our family book collection. This book is hard cover, extremely high quality, and filled with 23 life-sized pull-out pages reproduced from the world's most important Bibles. There are over 90 full-color illustrations, numerous time lines and fascinating historical facts and stories. The Story of the Bible is easy to read, and takes the reader from the very beginning of time and through to the end of the earth. It shows how timeless the word of God is, and how it is applicable to every generation and for every century. I found this quote very interesting: "When Ken Taylor asked his children questions after reading the Bible, they would just shrug their shoulders. But when he explained what he had read by paraphrasing the Bible, "they knew the answers," and those paraphrases led to his producing The Living Bible. When Billy Graham offered it to his listeners, it became a bestseller, eventually selling more than forty million copies." If you have ever wondered about the history of The Bible and the many different translations, check out this amazing book. It will answer many questions that you didn't even think to ask! I received a complimentary copy of The Story of the Bible through Book Sneeze in exchange for my honest review.
waldner More than 1 year ago
This is a book I received free from Thomas Nelson as a member of their book review bloggers partner, Booksneeze. The books gives a glimpse at the history of how we came to have the different versions of the bible that we have today. It gives a background on the authors and the time periods in which each of the different books were written. After giving a background on how the bible was written and who wrote it, it details how each of the different versions and translations came to be written. Complemented with inserts showing what the original documents looked like, this book is a great way to learn about a book that many have read. When I first glanced at the book, I was truly intrigued at what I saw. I found myself wondering about whether or not I had made a good decision in requesting the book as I'm not much of a history buff. However, from the first page onward I found myself not being able to put down the book. At first I also wondered if I would be making use of the inserts provided, but as I was reading through the book, and came across each of the different versions mentioned I enjoyed being able to take a picture insert and looking at what a page in the document would have looked like, even when it was written in a language that I couldn't read. Overall, I'd recommend this book to anyone who has ever read or reads a bible as it gives a wonderful look at how the bible came to be published.
KatyYL More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful over-sized hardback book that sits like a coffee table book but it is not just for looks. In fact, this book reads like a paperback, explaining in plain layman language, the entire history of the Bible. It comprehensively covers from the beginning of how the Old Testament was transmitted through oral tradition, all the way to the persecution of the Christians in the 1st century, the reformation, and how the Bible came to be translated to modern languages today. And it's not just about the Bible. I learned so much about Christianity, about the history of the Jews, the apostles, early church fathers, the Roman Catholic church, and much more. The illustrations in the book are beautiful works of art, but the best part of the book are the 23 life-sized pull out pages of copies of Bible manuscripts and Bible pages from old printings. For example, a page of the Great Isaiah Scroll, Genesis 1 from the Latin Vulgate Bible, a page from the Geneva Bible first chapter of Ephesians, this is stuff you don't normally get to see up close. This is an excellent book as a resource. Use it to teach Sunday School, and to answer questions such as, "How do we know the Bible we have today is reliable?" It's the best book about the Bible I have ever read. Disclosure: Thomas Nelson provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for this review. Opinions are entirely my own.
DeannaM More than 1 year ago
BookSneeze in conjunction with Thomas Nelson Publishing has yet again provided a wonderful book for me to review. The Story of the Bible: The Fascinating History of Its Writing, Translation & Effect on Civilization by Larry Stone is the best book I have ever come across on the best book ever written, the Bible. Mr. Stone takes you on a journey that reaches beyond today's horizon transporting the reader back millenia ago to engage you in the history of the Bible. Then the journey progresses and brings the Bible into today's society spanning the world unifying countires despite their linguistic differences. The Story of the Bible is a book to be treasured. Whether for the Bible or history enthusiast, young adult or old it will bring great pleasure and knowledge of the Bible's beginnings and subsequent rise to fame. Stone has created a treasure trove of reproductions of pages of bibles throughout the ages. It was intriguing to say the least, to pull each document from its vellum sleeve. As I perused each document I realized how truly amazing the history of the Bible is to every life upon this earth. The presentation of the book itself is artwork. The pages are antiqued and the hardcover is stunning. As I opened the box it was delivered in, I was taken away by its presentation. There have not been many covers that have done that throughout my reading adventures. Any reader should appreciate the book itself. However, it was the content that truly captivated my affections. My faith was reaffirmed and strengthened as I read The Story of the Bible. For God's Word to be preserved over the centuries in many forms that verified one another, I no doubt know the truth that is within my personal Bible as I read it daily. I thank Mr. Stone immensely for his obvious dedicated work found in The Story of the Bible.
iKyle More than 1 year ago
The history of the Bible is very unique. It's the world's best-selling book of all time, but is also the most persecuted. It was written by about 40 authors over a period of 1400 to 1800 years. However, the facts don't just stop there. In fact (no pun intended), the history of the Bible is so vast and exquisite, Larry Stone has researched and written an account of the Bible from when it was first written to today, detailing not only its personal history, but how it has and still impacts people all over the world. When I first requested The Story of the Bible, I was expecting a small "Bible facts" book. Therefore, the package lay among all our other packages while I waited for it to be delivered to my mailbox. When I finally found out that that big box was addressed to me, I tore it open to find a huge reference book, complete with pockets inside containing Xerox copies of different Bible pages. I was elated to begin delving into the Bible's history and scrounging out the details. The Story of the Bible is very thorough, and is perfectly designed to last for generations. I would highly recommend every scholar or family to purchase a copy for their library. It is an invaluable resource that you can use for years to come.
Paula_Greene More than 1 year ago
The Story of the Bible, by Larry Stone, is an eye-appealing read for anyone ranging from no Biblical knowledge to seminary-educated. The author begins with the presupposition that the Bible is God's Word to us to ultimately show us who He is, His love for us in spite of our rebellion, and His desire to reconcile us to Himself. He keeps this alive while painting broad strokes through history from the Bible's beginnings, through various periods of civilization and into the present. A colorful timeline displayed in the front and back cover aids in picturing how the periods of civilization fit together through the lens of Bible's origins and translations. Not only does every page include vibrant illustrations, but crisp clear folders throughout the book contain true-to-life sized pages from scrolls and codices of the Bible in various languages throughout time. The fine quality and scholarly attractiveness of the book invite the reader to open what might initially appear to be an intimidating topic. I recognized the basics that I learned in Sunday School as a child and quickly moved to the depths of detailed information I learned in a master's level church history course in seminary. Yet, it was not academic in tone, but fun and interesting to read! At the turn of every page, I was eager to see the illustrations, layout, and topic of the next. As a mom, I find that after reading the book, I was able to answer my 5th grader's questions about why friend's Bible contains books, and my teenager's questions about the accuracy of the Bible if the very first originals no longer exist. Even more, the book instilled in me a profound confidence in knowing that the Bible I read is the authentic inspired Word of God passed down through the ages, and this excitement on its substantial integrity is something I can pass onto my children and in ministering to others. To comply with regulations by the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR Part 255, I am disclosing that BookSneeze® provided me a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.
mojo_turbo More than 1 year ago
When you first pick up Stone's 95 page book you don't know if this is a coffee table book, a DK visual dictionary or a children's pop out book. The volume is literally busting at the seams with almost a hundred full color illustrations and 23 "life-sized" pull outs and is beautifully printed on what appears to be aged parchment. Each chapter in Stone's book takes you through a fascinating portal into the bible's history. Mind you each of these chapters are only a few pages long, and are not meant to be exhaustive but will certainly give the reader a well versed understanding of biblical history. Stone looks at language, translation, printing and copying texts, the various volume's the bible has been bound in, contesting book cannon, martyrdom, heresies and the dead sea. Stone will also take you through the centuries as you watch the beginning of ancient writing, to the renaissance to how the bible is viewed and read today. Part of understanding the bible's importance is knowing how it ended up in your hands. There literally is no other book like it and so being familiar its amazing history is crucial to appreciating its authenticity. The bible wasn't just written, or published or assembled by one person, or even a team of people. It has literally taken thousands of years for the bible to make it all the way into your home and so being able to talk about it's unique past can be as enjoyable as it is educational. 2011 marks the 400th anniversary of the King James bible and this year is also the release of the newest translation of the International version. It seems like a fitting time to pick up Stone's book and remind us all how we come to have this remarkable thing that we call the bible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi! I just got a great book from booksneeze- "The Story of the Bible" by Larry Stone. Before I tell you how cool it is, let me tell you that due to some long law thing, I don't have to give this book a good review, so everything I say is completely how I feel about it. "The Story of the Bible" really is a fantastic read- it gives a nice history of the Bible, from the beginning- when it was first put on paper (or papyrus?)- up to modern day efforts to get the Bible out to unreached peoples by translating it, giving them out, and sending missionaries to the far flung places to teach the people there God's word. Something else that makes this a truly extraordinary Bible history book is that is has pockets placed in intervals throughout the book with printed pages (not the originals, they're copies) from Bible transcripts through the years- there's a page from Isaiah that was part of the Dead Sea Scrolls, a portion of 1 Samuel (and pictures!) from the Morgan Crusader's Bible, circa 1240, and chapter of Mark from the Bible that was given to the Waodani Tribe of South America. I love history, so this book really was a fantastic thing for me. Be warned- when I ordered this, I thought it was just a small paperback book. In reality, it's really a big book- it barely fits into my bookshelf. But the content more than makes up for the size?