The State of the Discipline: Sacred Texts in the United States

  title={The State of the Discipline: Sacred Texts in the United States},
  author={Paul C. Gutjahr},
  journal={Book History},
  pages={335 - 370}
  • P. Gutjahr
  • Published 1 September 2001
  • History
  • Book History
Because the nickname was coined primarily to invoke close associations between Americans and the Bible, it is easy to overlook the central fact that it was a book—not a geographic location, a monarch, or even a shared language—that has served as a cornerstone in countless investigations into the formation and fragmentation of early American culture. Not every book can lay claim to such powers of civilization-altering influence, but some can. Principal among these are sacred books—momentous… 
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