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The Bible CauseA History of the American Bible Society$
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John Fea

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190253066

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253066.001.0001

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The Bible Cause at Home in a Postwar World

The Bible Cause at Home in a Postwar World

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The Bible Cause

John Fea

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the American Bible Society (ABS) in the 1950s. It focuses on the various ways in which the ABS distributed Bibles in this period with a particular focus on how the Bible Cause thrived amid the post-war revival of religion in the United States. The chapter covers the way the ABS used print culture, new technology such as television, film, and the “finger fono” to spread the message of the Bible and strengthen the Christian culture of the nation. The chapter ends with the ABS role in the controversy surrounding the publication of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible.

Keywords:   Revised Standard Version, Bible in America, Bible translations, 1950s, Finger fono, technology, Television, Civil Rights Movement, A.G. Gaston

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