In Ecclesiastes 12:12, King Solomon says, "Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh."
That line was written approximately 3,000 years ago, and if what Solomon said was true then, we can only imagine how much more true it is today, with all the thousands of books written between Solomon and the invention of the printing press--and then innumerable millions of books written since the arrival of Gutenberg's invention.
In fact, Google, the online arbiter of all truth (rivaled only for that title by Snopes), estimates that there are nearly 130 million books in the world.
For someone like me, who loves reading and has a room in my house filled with books, many of which I will probably never even read, that sounds like a challenge I want to accept, though of course it would be impossible to read all the books in the world.
While many are skippable, some of them are worth reading and even life-changing. Historically, Western Civilization (of which I am a part) has recognized a certain canon of books to be considered essential--the so-called Great Books.
Other civilizations have their own lists, and of course different worldviews and religions all have their own foundational books--the Vedas, the Qur'an, the Book of Mormon, the Origin of Species, the Communist Manifesto, etc.
However, of all the books ever written, there is one that stands above the rest in its internal attributes and external impact on the world.
It has shaped civilizations, launched Reformations, ended slavery, sparked revolutions, and transformed the lives of billions of people.
In this episode we'll examine its cultural impact, its remarkable composition, its fulfilled prophecies, and its unparalleled central message--the Gospel that has changed me and can change you.
I'm speaking, of course, about the Bible.
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