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Multnomah University to Host Book-Signing Event for Dean's Acclaimed Book


Dr. Donald Brake, vice president of Multnomah and dean of Multnomah Biblical Seminary, will appear at a book signing event on November 4 and 7 for his book, A Visual History of the English Bible: The Tumultuous Tale of the World's Bestselling Book.

Dr. Brake received a starred review from Publishers Weekly for the book, stating that he "takes the reader on a wonderful journey through several thousand years of history ... marking the people, events, and crises through which the Bible has had to pass, finally emerging in our time as a versatile and vital document."

The book-signing events will take place on November 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and November 7 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Multnomah Biblical Seminary's Travis-Lovitt Hall. Dr. Brake will be present to sign copies of his book and answer visitors' questions. Copies of A Visual History of the English Bible will be available for 30% off the retail price.

About the Book

"The book touches an area most Christians have a natural interest in but have very little knowledge about," Dr. Brake said. "The recent publicity of The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Gospel of Judas is evidence that there is a desire to know the truth about how we know the Bible that we read today is the same as given originally. The drama and intrigue that follows the history of the Scriptures is as great as a novel."

Through A Visual History of the English Bible, Dr. Brake tells the story of how God's word went from being strictly for those in the pulpit, to being read, understood, and acted upon by laypeople. As the title suggests, the coffee-table-style book is full of stunning visuals including color illustrations, photographs, charts, and a visual glossary.

Dr. Brake's book, released in September 2008, also tells the stories of those that translated the Bible and brought it to where it is today, including John Wycliffe, Johann Gutenberg, John Calvin, and Ken Taylor. He asserts that most people know very little about the translators' personal journeys. Excommunication and even death were common ends to translation conflicts. "Resistance, persecution, Bible burning, and even martyrdom have bloodied the history of Bible translation," he says.

"The importance of the Bible is not found in the beautiful art it has inspired, nor its literary style but its intrinsic value as a guide for life," says Dr. Brake. "I'm very excited to be able to present this idea in a way that is accessible and interesting to a wide variety of readers."

Writing the Book

An avid collector of rare Bibles, Dr. Brake's enthusiasm for all things related to scripture, its history, and its translation are revealed in his book. "I began writing this book several years ago when I was asked by my family to record my journey as a rare Bible collector," Dr. Brake said. "The fascinating journey has let me to many exotic places and unique experiences as I bought and collected some of the world's most rare volumes."

When Dr. Brake first started collecting, his goal was not to simply share his experiences. He wanted to use his findings to document the progress of Scripture from its inception to modern translations. With this goal in mind, he only collected Greek, Latin, and English volumes that were significant to this story. "Once I began doing this I was encouraged to make my journal into a book," Dr. Brake said. "But what could I do that had not been done?"

The answer to this question led Dr. Brake to the formula of his book: the tumultuous tale of the Bible's story, dramatically written sidebars of stories of martyrs, and adventures of a bibliophile in his collecting. "I believe it will be of interest to those who enjoy reading history that lives rather than just text with dates and factual content," Dr. Brake said.

Contact Info

For more information about Dr. Brake's book-signing event, please contact Kristin Kendall at 503.251.6452 or