A monumental work of scholarship dealing with the way in which the manuscripts of the Bible came into being, were assembled, transmitted through the centuries, translated and revised. The author approaches this study with the conviction that the most influential books in modern civilization are the Bible and Darwin's Origin Of The Spensers Accordingly he applies the principle of evolution to this study and is frank to state that his thesis will be understood only by those who accept the evolutionary hypothesis. This is evident in the author's statement of his purpose: ""To examine Scripture as a slowly developed expression of changing human institutions, reflecting their gradual transformation, as society made leisurely progress into something which men of good will earnestly hope will be still further transformed."" With a scholarly knowledge of Hebrew and Greek, Professor Rypins treats in detail with the way the original manuscripts have been transformed over the centuries into the latest revised versions. The book is buttressed by voluminous and careful references and complete bibliography. It is a book which will be of particular interest to Biblical scholars.