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Book: The Time When There Was No Bible
Author: Samuel C. Gipp
Illustrator: Claudia West
Publisher: DayStar Publishing, 2011
Related website(s): https://www.daystarpublishing.org/The-Time-When-There-Was-NO-BIBLE.html (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 6-10
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Gipp, Samuel C. The Time When There Was No Bible (published in 2011 by DayStar Publishing, P. O. Box 464, Miamitown, OH 45041). Did you know there was a time when there was no Bible? Of course, the Jewish Bible, what we call the Old Testament, was completed around 398 B.C. For the next 400 years, there was no new revelation from God. Then Jesus came, lived, performed miracles, died for our sins, rose again, and sent His disciples to preach the gospel. At first, there were no words sent by God to be written down. But soon, between A.D. 37 and 90, Holy Spirit inspired apostles and prophets began writing the Gospels about the life of Christ, the Acts of the Apostles, various letters to Christians, and the book of Revelation, all of which make up the New Testament.
However, some like Philo and Origen sought to make changes in the Bible, and during the Middle Ages, the Roman Catholic Church tortured and killed many people to keep the Bible out of their hands. Finally, in 1516 Erasmus published the first complete Greek New Testament, and in 1611 King James I of England had it translated into English. Now, everyone can have his own copy to read. What kind of influence has the King James Version of the Bible had on this world? Alert—though written in an entertaining and informative style, The Time When There Was No Bible definitely approaches the subject of translating the Scriptures from a “King James Only” standpoint.
Now, I happen to agree with the author that the Alexandrian family of manuscripts shows signs of having been corrupted and that the Textus Receptus is probably closer to the original than many people think, so I prefer the New King James Version. Yet, I’m not sure that I’d identify B. F. Westcott and Fenton J. A. Hort as tools of the devil or imply that folks who use the Revised Version, the New American Standard Bible, or even the New International Version are against the Bible. At the same time, this illustrated, thirty page book has some interesting historical information in it and thus is still a good resource for elementary level children to help answer their questions about the greatest book ever written, such as, “How did we get the Bible?”