Signs of the Times

Topic: The Bible

[From the Ocean County Sun, Toms River, New Jersey]

The Bible was the chief book of the fathers of our country. Out of its teachings grew our schools, our colleges, the customs of our courts, and the notable humanitarian enterprises that mark our nation's life. It is inextricably woven into our literature. Its phrases form the title of our most popular books. The Bible has outlived all other books. Emerging from a hoary antiquity it is today the world's best seller. Written in languages long dead it has been in part translated into over eight hundred more. The vigor with which it is finding its way into the languages of the race is not abating, for, according to the American Bible Society, some portion of the Scriptures is appearing in a new tongue at the rate of one every four or five weeks.

This is a phenomenon without parallel in literary history and should give pause to every serious student of our nation's life and the life of the world. No man can consider himself well-posted who does not know this book. Though a volume of more than a thousand pages, it can be bought for a few cents. Do you own a Bible? Do you read it?

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March 25, 1939

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