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In the Beginning Was the Word: The Bible in American Public Life, 1492–1783

Mark A. Noll


It is no exaggeration to claim that the Bible has been — and by far — the single most widely read text, distributed object, and referenced or cited book in all of American history. For countless Americans, Scripture has opened a doorway to the personal experience of God. The Bible has also functioned as a guide to life, sometimes with liberating or comic effects and sometimes with oppressive or tragic results. This book provides a survey of the relationship between the Bible and public issues from the beginning of European settlement through the American Revolution. It focuses throughout on ho ... More

Keywords: Bible, Scripture, God, public issues, European settlement, American Revolution, social authorities, American Christians, Christendom, moral authority

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190263980
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190263980.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark A. Noll, author
Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame