The Book: A History of the Bible

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Presents a history of the Bible, covering such topics as Hebrew, Greek, and Latin texts, the Vulgate, Bibles of the Middle Ages, the Gutenberg Bible, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.

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Christopher de Hamel took a doctorate in palaeography at Oxford University, and from 1975 to 2000 was head of the Western Manuscripts department at Sotheby's, London. He is now Fellow Librarian of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. His History of Illuminated Manuscripts, published by Phaidon (2nd edition, 1994), has become a standard work. Other books include Glossed Books of the Bible (1991) and Scribes and Illuminators (1992).

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In this sumptuous feast for the eyes and mind, de Hamel, former manager of the Western Manuscripts department at Sotheby's, London, and author of A History of Illuminated Manuscripts, deals not with theological content but with the Bible as an artifact. Presented here in exquisite, full-color reproductions are the many forms in which the Bible has appeared over the centuries. Rather than opening with a discussion of the Hebrew and Greek texts (which he saves for Chapter 2), de Hamel relates a history of the texts and manuscripts of Latin Bibles. This organization makes sense, as Saint Jerome's seminal Latin translation, the Vulgate, became the blueprint for the modern Bible. The rest of the book covers the giant Bibles of the Middle Ages, commentaries on the Bible, portable Bibles of the 13th century, Bible picture books, English Wycliffite Bibles, the Gutenberg Bible, Bibles of the Protestant Reformation, the English and American Bible industry, and missionary Bibles. The final chapter, "The Modern Search for Origins," details modern discoveries such as the Dead Sea Scrolls. Even the bibliography, though not arranged alphabetically but by chapter with the author's running commentary on the sources, is a treasure. By contrast, The Oxford Illustrated History of the Bible (LJ 10/15/01) offers short articles by biblical scholars and covers not only the preservation of the Bible but also interpretations and contemporary theology. Also, its illustrations are mostly black and white. De Hamel's wonderful presentation is highly recommended. David Bourquin, California State Univ., San Bernardino
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