Religion: Blue-Penciled Bible

Two years ago many a preacher and layman was pleased when Professors Edgar Johnson Goodspeed and John Merlin Powis Smith of the University of Chicago produced a briskly, unpedantically modernized "American Bible" (TIME. Nov. 30, 1931). Soon afterwards they began work on a condensation of this which Professor Goodspeed finished alone. Professor Smith dying in 1932. Last week The Short Bible was published as Book-of-the-Fall ($2) of the University of Chicago Press. Edited down to 545 pp. from the 2,000 pp. of a standard Bible, it is a book for reading, gaily bound...

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