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Popular Bible Editions
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[German Version]

A popular Bible edition is a widely distributed book containing selections from the Bible, intended to make independent, intelligent Bible reading generally accessible. One of the earliest examples is the Vorauer Volksbibel (1467), although the German word Volksbibel (“people’s Bible,” “popular Bible”) is no longer in common use. The need for such popular editions became increasingly clear during the 19th century, as the Bible gradually ceased to be popular literature. In that context, the question of content, form, …

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Lachmann, Rainer, “Popular Bible Editions”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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