Last week, sport… this week, the Bible.
Voltaire, the French philosopher, novelist, ans ardent atheist, once held up the Bible and proclaimed, “In 100 years this book will be forgotten, eliminated.” Less than 50 years after Voltaire’s death, the Geneva Bible Society bought the house he grew up in – in order to produce and distribute Bibles.
According to Guinness World Records, the Bible is the best-selling book of all time, with roughly 2.5 billion copies in distribution since 1815 in over 2,200 languages and dialects.
In 2004, the glossy Ikea catalogue overtook the Bible as the world’s most distributed publication – 145 million copies versus 25 million copies.
The Bible is the most shoplifted book in the world.
Next week… holidays
From “That’s a Fact, Jack” by Harry Bright and Jakob Anser.