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Publication Date: 16 Aug 2018
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Page Count: 112
Author: Philip Law
ISBN-13: 9780281079643, 9780281079650

The One Hour Bible

From Adam to Apocalypse in sixty minutes
By Philip Law
For anyone who wants to know what’s in the Bible but can't find the time to read it all, here’s an easy way to get started.
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Adam and Eve and the forbidden fruit, Jacob and the stairway to heaven, Joseph and his brothers, Moses and the Exodus, Samson and Delilah, David and Goliath, Jonah and the whale, the life and teachings of Jesus, the birth of Christianity. . . the Bible is full of dramatic stories that have made it the world’s bestselling book. But whoever has time to read it all from cover to cover?

Now, at last, here’s a way of getting to know the Bible without having to read every chapter and verse. No summary, no paraphrase, no commentary: just the Bible’s own story in the Bible’s own words.


Editor's introduction


Prologue In the beginning

1 From Eden to Babel
2 Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
3 Joseph in Egypt
4 Moses and the Exodus
5 Israel in the wilderness
6 The Promised Land
7 Samson and Delilah
8 The story of Ruth
9 Samuel, Saul and David
10 Solomon the sage
11 Elijah the prophet
12 The story of Jonah
13 Exile and return

Epilogue A prophecy


Prologue In the beginning

14 Jesus is born
15 The healer
16 The teacher
17 The sacrifice
18 Acts of the apostles

Epilogue A vision

Further reading
Timeline and index
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About the Author
The editor, Philip Law, is Publishing Director at SPCK. His previous books include The SPCK Book of Christian Prayer (SPCK, 1995) and A Time to Pray: 365 classic prayers to help you through the year (Lion, 2002).

‘Any anthology is only as good as its compiler's reading list, and Law's reach is wide and his taste discerning.’ Methodist Recorder
Press Reviews

For those who’ve been putting aside two years in later life to read the Bible from cover to cover, the good news is: the most important bits are here.

- Jeremy Vine, journalist and broadcaster

This book is a brilliant and inventive taster. It introduces the reader to the actual words of scripture: no paraphrases, no summaries, just the revealed words of God so arranged as to give a hint of the wonder of the Bible in its full dimensions.

- Sister Wendy Beckett, writer and art historian

What an amazing concept - and why in the world hasn’t it been done before? This compelling, concise, slimmed-down Scripture is a must for anyone who finds those 66 books a tad daunting. In today’s busy world, this is a book for everyone's bookcase - except it won’t be on there much as you’ll be reading it or lending it.

- Paul Kerensa, TV scriptwriter and comedian

‘Stories of love and teaching for life – and more besides!’

- Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London

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