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.
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