Synopses & Reviews
Here is an excellent introduction to the Bible for the general readerespecially the younger person who may be unfamiliar with this, the greatest of books. Mrs. Hazlitts arrangement enables him to read the story and message of the Bible largely in the original words. Once he has become acquainted with the broad sweep of the Bible through this masterful arrangement, he will be encouraged to read the full text of the King James Version to examine its countless individual facets.
The Concise Bible is intended for those who may have been intimidated by the sheer length of the Bible, and by the difficulty of many parts of it. It introduces the reader to the Bibles inexhaustible spiritual and literary treasures. All sixty-six books are represented, with chapter and verse provided for each quoted passage.
The Concise Bible will commend itself as an ideal gift, for Lent or for any other occasion. It will be kept, read, and treasured, for through it the reader will be brought to a fruitful encounter with the Bible itself.
"When you move unimpeded through the Old Testament, the arc of salvation historyfrom creation, to Noah, to Abraham and Israelwhich culminates in Jesus the Christ, stands out more clearly... The effect of Hazlitt's treatment of the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament is similarly impressive."
Hunter Baker, J.D., Ph.D., from the new introduction
"I have often felt that if someone could extract from the Bible the carefully selected group of passages, such as has been done in this instance, that it would stimulate a new interest in, understanding of, and appreciation of the Bible. This I think has been accomplished in this book, and I shall make great use of it personally and am glad to commend it to all people who are interested in a greater knowledge of the Bible."
Norman Vincent Peale, Marble Collegiate College
"The Concise Bible is the answer to the general reader's need for a version which he can read rather than place in a respectful spot on the shelf somewhere... This version is likely to be the beginning of a new interest in the complete text."
Harry D. Gideonse, former president, Brooklyn College
"An excellent starting point for younger readersand not only for younger readers: halfway through this glorious volume, one reviewer vowed it wouldn't be so long, next time, before he spent an evening with the Word of God."
William F. Rickenbacker, writing in National Review
Synopses of all sixty-six books with the full text of the most famous quotations from the King James Version
This classic 1962 guide to the King James Bible collects the most famous passages from the Old and New Testaments and arranges them with intervening synopses of all sixty-six Biblical books. Under editor Frances Hazlitt's masterful direction, readers will quickly become fully acquainted with the broad sweep of the Bible and will come to a new, intimate understanding of oft-quoted verses. Intended as a spiritual and literary introduction to the King James Bible, The Concise Bible
is an ideal companion for both longtime Bible readers and those newly curious about the Scriptures. Includes a new introduction by Hunter Baker.
About the Author
Frances Hazlitt, the wife and frequent collaborator of famed economics journalist Henry Hazlitt, passed away in 1991. Before composing The Concise Bible
in 1962, Frances Hazlitt worked at Paramount Pictures, where she briefly was supervisor and mentor to political philosopher Ayn Rand. In 1984, she and her husband released an anthology of philosophical texts: The Wisdom of the Stoics: Selections From Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius
Hunter Baker, J.D., Ph.D., is an academic dean and associate professor of political science at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He is the winner of the 2011 Michael Novak Award and has lectured widely on religion and liberty. He cofounded the journal The City and is the author of The System Has a Soul, The End of Secularism, and Political Thought: A Student's Guide. His articles and commentary on religion and society have been published in Christianity Today, National Review, First Things, Touchstone, and numerous other journals and websites. He teaches political science at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.