This is a very rare book as an October 25, 2012 WorldCat search could find only 11 libraries worldwide have a copy of this 1888 edition of this work.00.
This book was originally published in 1881; it was recommended by Ingersoll, Holyoake, and the New York Sun (1881).
"I have read Mr. Keeler's book with great pleasure and profit. He gives, in my opinion, a clear and intelligent account of the growth of the bible. He shows why books were received as inspired and why they were rejected. He does not deal in opinions, but in facts; and for the correctness of his facts, he refers to the highest authorities. He has shown exactly who the Christian fathers were, and the weight that their evidence is entitled to. The first centuries of Christianity are filled with shadow; most histories of that period simply tell us what did not happen, and even the statements of what did not happen are contradictory. The falsehoods do not agree. Mr. Keeler must have spent a great deal of time in the examination of a vast number of volumes, and the amount of information contained in his book could not be collected in years. Every minister, every college professor, and every man who really wishes to know something about the origin and growth of the bible, should read this book." R. G. INGERSOLL.
To C . P . FARRELL, Esq. Often have I wished that some writer, who had a learned head and a lucid pen, would give us a brief yet comprehensive account of the Books of the Bible -- how we came by them -- when the world first got them -- and what were the qualities, characters and pretensions of those who first imposed them upon credulous and superstitious believers. Often have I wished that if such a book were written, some publisher, having the ear of the Free Thought world, would issue it. Great was my surprise and pleasure when I saw at Washington, Bronson Keeler's "Short History of the Bible" we have, and the marvelous number of suppressed Scriptures -- all Christian, all curious, all instructive -- most of them wiser, all equally authentic, and all believed to be equally divine by those who had better means of judging them than we have. All who are Christian -- all who think they ought to be -- and all who are not -- should read Mr. Keeler's "Short," masterly and wise book. GEORGE JACOB HOLYOAKE, London, England.
The New York Sun, (Sunday, Oct. 9, 1881, in a review occupying four and one-quarter columns): "On what questionable ground some writings were admitted and others excluded from the Christian scriptures is briefly and effectively set forth in a monograph entitled `A Short History of the Bible,' by Bronson C. Keeler. The writer of this striking essay has not drawn his materials from the German rationalists, but bases his assertions on the statements of Christian historians and commentators, especially on the writings of the Christian fathers and the ecclesiastical history of Eusebius, and, among modern works, on Milman's `History of Latin Christianity,' and the disquisitions of Wescott, Davidson, Lange and Schaff. We trust that no one who has been led by the appearance of the revised version to ponder the origin and history of the sacred writings will fail to examine for himself Mr. Keeler's admirable monograph."