About this book
In this seminal account, Armstrong traces the gestation of the Bible to reveal a complex and contradictory document created by scores of people over hundreds of years. A groundbreaking explanation of the single most influential text of all time, it's from the world's foremost religious historian and author of "The Great Transformation", which sold 20,000 copies in paperback. Published in a stunning new paperback livery to maximise sales, it was highly acclaimed in hardback. '...there is no sacrifice of integrity and no dumbing down.' Edward Norman, "Literary Review"
From the Jewish practice of Midrash and the Christian cult of Jesus; to the influence of Paul's letters on the Reformation and the manipulation of Revelations by Christian fundamentalism, the author explores the contexts in which these sixty-six books were understood and explains the social needs they answered.