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Whose Bible Is It? A History of the Scriptures Through the Ages by Jaroslav Pelikan
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Apr 16, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: read-christianity

1. The Trouble With Kindle
2. Author's Funny Name
3. Opinion about Book

1. As of this writing (April 2011), the edition of this book available as a Kindle download is missing the text of Chapter 8 (“Back to the Sources”). I asked Kindle for a corrected copy. They told me to download the book again. I did so. The text of Chapter 8 was still missing. I told them so. They offered me a refund. I accepted their offer. The next time I connected my mobile device to the 'net, Amazon deleted my copy. Luckily, I had another. Lessons learned: (1) When you complain to Amazon about a mistake in a book, no one looks at the file of the book before telling you to download it again. (B) When you get an ebook from Amazon with a piece missing, read the rest of it before reporting the problem.

2. I know that the author was a talented, highly-educated, multi-lingual scholar, respected throughout the world, but I have to note that he had a slightly preposterous name. This is not a bad thing. Just saying his name to myself made me smile. Try it: “Jaroslav Pelikan, Jaroslav Pelikan...”. It is now my top pick for funniest name of actual published author ever, taking the prize previously held by P. V. Glob, whom I learned about from my friend Neil.

3. Oh, yeah, I almost forgot to mention: this is a interesting book. As a person who has suffered through hours of mind-numbing religious instruction and directionless Bible study, I found myself constantly thinking “Why didn't anybody tell me that about the Bible before?” Like: Christians and Jews use different translations of the Old Testament. I guess I was at the water cooler when that memo went around. What about Christians monkeying around with the translation to “prove” that the Old Testament foretold Christ's life and death? The nuns never mentioned that, either. Hmm, maybe they had some kind of agenda...
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Neil He has a priceless name, indeed.

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