For approximately 2.5 billion people, the Bible is considered to be a product of divine inspiration and a record of the relationship between God and humans. This collection of sacred texts or scriptures are held as the inspired and inerrant word of God by Christians, Jews, Samaritans, Rastafarians, and several others. It is the source of their religious beliefs.
The Bible is widely considered to be the most influential and best-selling book of all time, and is has certainly had a tremendous influence on literature and history. The Gutenberg Bible was the first book printed using movable type. Estimated total sales are over 5 billion copies, and approximately 100 million copies are sold annually.
This translates to nearly everyone, whether believer or atheist, having at least one copy. Yet few who have or believe in the Bible have actually read it. The Bible is not an easy book to read, nor is it a short book to read. So it is not surprising that that those who begin reading at Genesis rarely make it past Leviticus. Most tend to leave this Bible reading business to their pastor/priest/rabbi. Which portions of the Bible you hear recited generally depends heavily on which House of God you attend. in any case, usually only a fraction of the Bible is ever referenced. I intend to remedy that with you here and now.