Showbiz: Real Account of the Best-Ever Blockbuster; Books KAREN ARMSTRONG the Bible - the Biography (Atlantic Books, Pounds 8.99)
Byline: by Lorne Jackson
THOSE with sophisticated literary tastes, avert your eyes now.
This week I won't be attempting a textual analysis of a complex, subtle, everso- earnest novel.
No tepid account of marital infidelities between left-leaning liberals residing in Hampstead, here.
Instead, I'll be focusing on a bonk buster of a bestseller.
A heaving magnum opus filled with shock and sensation; ranters and ravers; good and evil.
No wonder the Bible is the best-selling book of all time.
Yup, that's right - it's the Good Book, we're looking at.
The statistics surrounding the Bible are staggering.
It's the most widely distributed book in the world and has been translated into more than 2,000 languages.
More than six billion copies were sold in the last 200 years alone.
These kind of figures must have JK Rawling chewing on her word processor with envy.
Although the Bible is available in many good homes - and a fair share of seedy hotels, too - it remains a misunderstood work.
Which is why Midland scholar Karen Armstrong's book is a welcome addition to religious study.
Armstrong analyses the Old and New Testament, while also focusing on the history of the Middle East during the period when both books were written. …