Thursday, September 18, 2014

On Writing the History of the American Bible Society--Update #73

Richard Varick: ABS President during the 1st General Supply
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This morning I had a strong three hour writing session and managed to churn out 1710 words on Chapter Four: "A Bible for Every American Family."  I am now deep into the narrative part of the chapter in which I attempt to offer a blow-by-blow account of the progress of the General Supply.

As I noted in yesterday's post, I am also trying to spend some time looking ahead to future research.  The good folks at the ABS libraries and archives are assembling a list of people that I might want to interview for the project.  Katie is back at UMASS and is finishing up the late 19th century sections of the research. Alyssa continues to work on Eugene Nida and the cultural/religious history of the Good News Bible.

Speaking of the Good News Bible, I am still eager to hear from anyone who remembers encountering this Bible for the first time.  How did this text change the way you read the Bible or thought about the scriptures?