Anatomy of a Book: The Bible, by Various Contributors

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (p.1)

I haven’t read the whole book.

Now these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron, and Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab, and Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon, and Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed, and Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David. (p. 619)

I have read passages, seen the movies and listened to speeches on the topic.

When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. (p. 2012)

I can still safely identify the narrative components that help explain this literally success.

Changing Status:

Slaves are freed, the sick are healed, water becomes wine, and when the character of Jesus appears in the second half of the book, he is immaculately conceived and born as the son of God, yet lives as a poor carpenter who is persecuted for his good deeds.

High Stakes:

The souls of all humanity are at risk.

Page Turner:

Some excellent prose and miraculous short stories gave enjoyment above some repetitive sections.

Interestingly the word Bible comes from Byblos, the town in Lebanon where the first library was formed, and derived from the word papyrus, for paper. The Bible was a collection of papers in Byblos – also where the word Bibliography is from.

Believable Characters:

The world is created, quite literally, in the first part of the book. In some quarters this could be seen as an information dump, though it does set up the influence God and other characters have over everything in the second half.


There is a useful list of commandments, a few sermons, and many parables that preach on best how to morally live life.


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