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The Story of the Bible: The Fascinating History of Its Writing, Translation & Effect on Civilization (Larry Stone, Thomas Nelson Pub., 201, 94 pages)

The remarkable story of and struggle for the Bible becoming available to all. 

From the introduction:

"The story of the Bible's writing, preservation, and translation is a fascinating one filled with intrigue, discovery, and adventure.  In the end, though, William Tyndale's dream--and that of Jerome, who translated the Bible into Latin; and of Martin Luther, who translated the Bible into German; and of Cameron Townsend, who founded Wycliffe Bible Translators--of the Bible's being available to everyone was a dream that changed the world.  It was a dream that had a transforming effect on England and the English language.  And it has had an effect on societies around the globe."

 

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