The Concise Bible

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5.4 X 1.1 X 8.3 inches | 0.95 pounds

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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.


"When you move unimpeded through the Old Testament, the arc of salvation history--from creation, to Noah, to Abraham and Israel--which 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 readers--and 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

Kirkus Review:
It is the hope of the author, Francis Hazlett, that this condensation of the King James version of the Bible will serve to introduce the Bible to many readers who have thus far been put off by its very size. Here is the gist of all 66 books in one-twelfth the length of the original, but the Creation story, the Ten Commandments, the best known and Proverbs, the Sermon on the Mount, and others of the most familiar sayings are all in full text, with a notation of their chapter and verse location in the Bible. Nothing essential to the story and drama of the Bible has been left out. This is not another abridgement. Where possible the words of the synopsis is kept in the words of the King James version (printed in italics) and every direct quotation, in roman type, is set in the narrative context that explains it. Here the great literary and religious treasures are made available for those whose needs demand a shorter form but who want the heart of the Bible in its own words. If the true nature and purpose of this condensation can be made clear, it should serve the purposes of students and the general reader alike.