The popularity of the Bible is difficult to dispute. It tops all the major lists. Traditionally, it’s the world’s Number One Best Seller and the World’s Most Read Book. The Bible is also the Best selling book of nonfiction and most widely distributed. Check out its stats compiled by the Guiness Book of World Records.
The most translated document in history is the Bible, according to ITC Global Translations.
For years, the Bible topped the lists of best sellers, until merchants decided to ignore the Bible’s sales figures because of the number of Bibles that are given away. Makes me wonder if it’s the number one gift book.
Trying to find a statistic for gift books brought me face to face with the many translations and formats of the Bible. While my grandparents owned a black King James Bible, I have at least ten Bibles in various translations (New International Version, Good News Bible, New Living Translation, New American Standard Bible, Scofield Study Bible, and a French version.) Plus, my Bibles have different font sizes (e.g. giant print) and cover colors such as burgundy and navy blue.
From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible says it came from God and gives answers to the most urgent big questions of life: Who am I? Why are we here? What’s the meaning of life? Am I significant? What’s the point of living? How do we decide between right and wrong? What is love? Where does my sense of fairness come from? Does anything I do really matter? Will anything last? What happens after death?
Unique in its authorship and message, the Bible stands out as the Book among books. It’s as if God wanted to attract the world’s attention to his words and to the birth, death, and resurrection of his son on earth, events which weren’t done in a corner. How else can we account for the popularity of the Bible?
February 17, 2015