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The Making of the Bible

From the First Fragments to Sacred Scripture

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$35.00 • £28.95 • €31.50

ISBN 9780674248380

Publication Date: 11/30/2021


448 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

50 photos, 4 maps

Belknap Press


A remarkable deep dive into foundational books whose origins are often taken for granted.Publishers Weekly

With this exemplary account of both origins and canonization, Schmid and Schröter have given us a superb book on how the Bible came into being. The Making of the Bible is invaluable for anyone interested in Scripture and in the intertwined histories of Judaism and Christianity.—John Barton, author of A History of the Bible: The Book and Its Faiths

The Making of the Bible will be a go-to for me. It does for the history of the Bible what I’ve sought to do for the Bible’s languages: to make this book real.—Sarah Ruden, author of The Gospels: A New Translation

An erudite history of ‘How We Got the Bible’ that addresses the key issues—historical backgrounds, oral traditions, ancient manuscripts, canon formation, and the books that were left out. Schmid and Schröter are expert guides along these rocky paths for all readers interested in the New Testament and the Hebrew Bible.—Bart Ehrman, author of Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife

This impressive book tells the story of how the Bible was made. In the process of that telling, the authors unearth a second story of equal significance: how these different Bibles formed us, creating a world shaped by sacred scripture. Today, we’re grappling with the consequences of both stories, which makes this book an essential guide for the future.—Martin Puchner, author of The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, and Civilization

This comprehensive book on the Bible—the Hebrew Bible as well as the New Testament—by two world-renowned theologians is for students and teachers alike. It will be read with pleasure and benefit by everyone interested in the most important document of Western civilization.—Thomas Römer, author of The Invention of God

This challenging book helps us understand the debates and struggles for consensus in this age of new knowledge of the Bible.—Richard Elliott Friedman, author of Who Wrote the Bible? and The Exodus

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