Douglas & McIntyre

Reviews of “The Bible”

Sort By
The Bible

The Bible

December 2007

“Asking Karen Armstrong to write about the Bible is like asking a tree to grow: it’s perfectly natural. …The story of the Bible’s life that Armstrong fashions is not a study of the historical formation of sacred canon. Instead, it’s a history of styles of reading scripture. …‘A sacred text doesn’t give us privileged information about God, but its truths are best understood as a form of spiritual discipline,’ says Armstrong… ‘Religion is being so misused at the moment,’ she says. ‘I think it’s important people get a more educated view of what religion is about.’”

Publishers Weekly, Dec 14, 2007
Read more about The Bible >>
The Bible

The Bible

December 2007

“Armstrong analyzes the social and political situation in which oral history turned into written scripture, how this all-pervasive scripture was collected in one work, and how it became accepted as sacred text. …The author ends her account with the insistence that most of the major religious teachers of the past… as well as religious teachers from other faiths insisted that charity and loving-kindness were essential to biblical interpretation. …This is a lucid, accessible and timely distillation of 2,000 years of biblical gestation, growth and interpretation.”

Canadian Jewish News, Dec 6, 2007
Read more about The Bible >>
The Bible

The Bible

November 2007

“Armstrong, a world-renowned religious historian, conveys with great, plainspoken lucidity how the texts of the Bible were understood differently in different times according to prevailing historic events. More importantly, she stresses that this was not a self-serving error, this reinterpretation of scripture, but a universally understood practice of making God’s Word continuously relevant and immediate in human lives. What we have done in our secular scientific age is to turn biblical narrative into a museum piece.”

Toronto Star, Nov 18, 2007
Read more about The Bible >>
The Bible

The Bible

November 2007

“The best writer on religion in our lifetime is Karen Armstrong, and her latest and slimmest book is as much worth reading as The History of God, The Battle of God… and everything else she produces with such astonishing regularity. Since the Bible lives in the minds of readers, this biography is a chronological account of how people have read and interpreter the most important literature in monotheism.”

Catholic Register, Nov 18, 2007
Read more about The Bible >>
The Bible

The Bible

November 2007

“This is a fascinating piece of work – even if you’re an atheist. Particularly interesting is how Armstrong researched the book and how she made what should have been footnoting hell into a very readable book.”

CD Syndicated, Nov 8, 2007
Read more about The Bible >>
The Bible

The Bible

October 2007

"it was a profound treat to return, if indirectly, to the Good Book, guided by Armstrong's all-but incendiary intelligence…Without pulling a punch, she pursues the Bible's creation and influence from earliest antiquity to the present...”

The Globe and Mail, Oct 20, 2007
Read more about The Bible >>
The Bible

The Bible

October 2007

"[Karen Armstrong's The Bible] manages to organise a large amount of complex material in a clear and orderly way... Her book's great strength is the way she unfolds the Jewish and Christian histories of formation and interpretation in parallel with one another."

The Guardian UK, Oct 13, 2007
Read more >>Read more about The Bible >>
The Bible

The Bible

August 2007

"Of all the "Books That [Shook] the World" -- the recently launched series to which this book belongs -- surely the Bible is among the most important....Who better, then, to recount the history of the Bible in eight short chapters than the former nun and literature professor who relishes huge topics and panoramic descriptions?... Armstrong not only describes how, when and by whom the Bible was written, she also examines some 2,000 years of biblical interpretation… dispelling any fundamentalist notion that only one view can be correct."

Publishers Weekly, Aug 27, 2007
Read more about The Bible >>