Religion: Cash for the Bible

The most popular verse of the Bible in Wellesley, Mass, is John 11:35. The reason became obvious this week when 266 boys and girls lined up to collect their cash prizes for memorizing Bible verses. John 11:35 is only two words—"Jesus wept"—and as good for a dollar as Esther 8:9, the longest.*

Wellesley's windfall came from the first of a series of contests set up by the late Grace Knight Babson, wife of Statistician Roger Babson. When she died two years ago, her will set aside $100,000 for 100 years, the fund's income earmarked as...

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