Richard Harries

Going off Scripture

A History of the Bible: The Book and Its Faiths


Allen Lane 613pp £25 order from our bookshop

The Bible is the central book of Western culture. It has deeply influenced our literature, music and art, as well as our history and institutions. Every year Oxford University Press sells a quarter of a million copies of the Authorised Version alone. Yet most people in the UK now probably find it a strange and difficult book, one that sometimes suggests what is morally outrageous. At the same time, it retains a controlling influence in evangelical churches and is a continuing source of spiritual nourishment for all Christians. How might an intelligent and open-minded person understand it today? John Barton is a sure-footed guide in seeking to answer that question.

Sign Up to our newsletter

Receive free articles, highlights from the archive, news, details of prizes, and much more.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter