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How Popular Is The Bible?

Willows
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10/22/2018 12:30:07 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
Christians tend to be proud to claim that the Bible is the "best-selling book of all time", Presumably because the insinuation is that so many copies have been sold.

One overwhelming and compelling argument against such a hollow claim is that a very high percentage of Bibles are given out, For example by missionaries and many recipients would not even read it or rather use it as a door-stop.

And, Think of how many hundred thousand copies of the Bible sit in hotel room drawers; their only use being to stop the uneven table leg from causing your Dom Perignon to topple. Most uneven tables only require the said book of wisdom to be opened at say, Revelations 4:7. In such case, The hotel guest would want to refrain from reading the passage for fear of one's mouth spontaneously spraying the champagne at the wall due to an outburst of laughter.

Then, Of course, Think of even more hundreds of thousands of Bibles stored in classroom cupboards, A bit worse for wear owing to many years of Bible fights by students.

Therefore, The Bible must be one of the least read, Least popular books in the world. The number of people who want and own a bible is far fewer than the number of Bibles. There is a ridiculous surplus of these books in the world.

How many other books ever published have such a low reader to ownership ratio?
Harikrish
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10/22/2018 5:50:43 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
Willows wrote:
Christians tend to be proud to claim that the Bible is the "best-selling book of all time", Presumably because the insinuation is that so many copies have been sold.

One overwhelming and compelling argument against such a hollow claim is that a very high percentage of Bibles are given out, For example by missionaries and many recipients would not even read it or rather use it as a door-stop.

And, Think of how many hundred thousand copies of the Bible sit in hotel room drawers; their only use being to stop the uneven table leg from causing your Dom Perignon to topple. Most uneven tables only require the said book of wisdom to be opened at say, Revelations 4:7. In such case, The hotel guest would want to refrain from reading the passage for fear of one's mouth spontaneously spraying the champagne at the wall due to an outburst of laughter.

Then, Of course, Think of even more hundreds of thousands of Bibles stored in classroom cupboards, A bit worse for wear owing to many years of Bible fights by students.

Therefore, The Bible must be one of the least read, Least popular books in the world. The number of people who want and own a bible is far fewer than the number of Bibles. There is a ridiculous surplus of these books in the world.

How many other books ever published have such a low reader to ownership ratio?

One of the reasons the Bible is the best selling book ever is because Christian institutions still have to buy the bible from publishers before they can distribute it freely. Add to it the number of languages the bible has been translated into adds to the total number of Bibles printed and published. And then there is the various translations and versions for the 30, 000 denomination of Christians.
Unfortunately the Jews do not receive any royalties from these bible sales even though the Bible was the creation of the Jewish people designed to serve as a history of the Jewish people and their struggles with their Jewish God. That must have been God's way to get even with the Jews by punching Jews where it hurt them most. . . Their pockets.

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