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The Book of Books [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Trevor Dennis
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24 Jan 2003
The great stories of the Old and New Testaments are best understood in the contexts in which they were shaped: contexts which help sift storytelling and history, poetry and prose, chronicle and commentary. Trevor Dennis is an academic theologian with a gift for storytelling. He wanted to write this, his first book for junior readers, to bring them fresh insights into the familiar stories of the Bible. From the Garden of Eden to the Heavenly City, here is the story of God's people retold with verve, humour, insight and originality. Praise for The Book of Books: 'A deceptively simple and brilliantly imaginative retelling of the stories that make up the Bible.' Revd Prof Loveday Alexander, University of Sheffield

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  • Paperback: 468 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Children's Books (24 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745936253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745936253
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.4 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,111,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A deceptively simple and brilliantly imaginative retelling of the stories that make up the Bible.' - Revd Prof Loveday Alexander (University of Sheffield)

About the Author

TREVOR DENNIS was formerly Vice-Principal and Tutor in Biblical Studies at Salisbury and Wells Theological College, where he had particular responsibility for Old Testament studies. He is now Vice-Chancellor of Chester Cathedral. Among his publications is the highly regarded Speaking of God, a retelling of selected Old Testament incidents in imaginative short stories.

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5.0 out of 5 stars It's magnificent! 19 Jun 2004
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The Book of Books is an inspirational read. I use it regularly in school assemblies and services. It is full of amusing, tension-building, understandable Bible Stories.
Written by a biblical scholar, it is easily understandable by those less learned (eg me). It's good for bedtime stories too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Creative Imagination 23 Sep 2010
Dennis has a remarkable gift for re-telling familiar stories in a different way, often providing fresh insight more than understanding as he meanders along, leaving the bystanders to pick up what they can, and the fact that he is a much respected biblical scholar makes his insight all the more powerful. Unlike many storytellers who like to think that elaboration helps understanding Dennis has a gift for telling the story without any clutter and so enables the reader to see what matters. When Joseph discovered that Mary was pregnant, for example, he says `Joseph was heartbroken', not because she was pregnant but because `it wasn't Joseph's child, he knew that. She knew that too'. That night `Joseph went to bed and cried himself to sleep'. It is neither a translation nor a paraphrase but no more is it a book of Bible stories and though intended for younger readers adults should not dismiss it on this account. Used occasionally it could proclaim the word in a way more familiar translations often do not. Used for private devotion it could enable the user not so much to build bridges between then and now as to make the need for bridges superfluous. Imaginative and creative readers may well find their own story there.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not very good 10 Sep 2009
I bought this book as a result of recommendations I heard on radio but I found it did not measure up. They said it was beautifully written and I don't agree. It attempts to give a shortened version of the Bible stories and that might be helpful for some but if you already know the stories it doesn't help and may be slightly inaccurate.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, accessible and well researched 30 April 2012
I found this version of the Bible extremely useful and readable both for public worship (especially in preaching) and private devotion and study. What comes across most is the author's profound love of the Bible and his enormous knowledge on the subject. it matters little that this book is aimed at young people as it is engaging and illuminating for any age. My nine year old has enjoyed reading it as much as I have!
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