The Bible by Karen Armstrong

The Bible

By Karen Armstrong

  • Release Date: 2008-11-18
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality
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As the single work at the heart of Christianity, the world’s largest organized religion, the Bible is the spiritual guide for one out of every three people in the world. It is also the world’s most widely distributed book and its best-selling, with an estimated six billion copies sold in the last two hundred years. But the Bible is a complex work with a complicated and obscure history. Its contents have changed over the centuries, it has been transformed by translation and, through interpretation, has developed manifold meanings to various religions, denominations, and sects.

In this seminal account, acclaimed historian Karen Armstrong discusses the conception, gestation, life, and afterlife of history’s most powerful book. Armstrong analyzes the social and political situation in which oral history turned into written scripture, how this all-pervasive scripture was collected into one work, and how it became accepted as Christianity’s sacred text, and how its interpretation changed over time. Armstrong’s history of the Bible is a brilliant, captivating book, crucial in an age of declining faith and rising fundamentalism.


  • Well-written and fascinating

    By Sambakat
    Nobody beats Karen Armstrong for a concise, well-written description of the current state of scholarship on the historical origins of religion. Here she tackles the Bible. If you are a believer that the Bible is the literal word of God, you will not like her book. But if you accept that image Bible was written by people, Armstrong's analysis will give you a good clear summary of when and where the different parts were written, and how the writings reflect & embody local beliefs, local political situations, and events of the time. Truly fascinating.
  • Bible

    By God's daughter:)
    Best book in the world! :)