Religion: The Bible as Bestseller

No need to wait for reviews. The book was a runaway bestseller the moment it appeared. The New English Bible, product of 13 years of cooperative scholarship in Britain (TIME, Jan. 13), was put on sale from England to New Zealand last week, and a print order of 1,275,000 copies was obviously not going to be enough. In New York, dealers' reorders have already accounted for a fifth printing.

Reviewers hastened to assess the new Bible's contributions to religion and literature. Even on the 78th anniversary of the death of Karl Marx, the London Daily Worker gave the new Bible serious attention—and...