Religion: Oursler's Old Testament

The religious tales of Fulton Oursler might have been popular with children a generation or two ago. It is a commentary on the times that his latest volume, a breezy popularization of the Old Testament entitled The Greatest Book Ever Written (Doubleday; $3.95) will probably be a hit with grownups.

Author Oursler, 58, a Reader's Digest editor and onetime newspaperman, knows from experience what people want to hear about, and how they want to hear it. His rewrite of the New Testament, The Greatest Story Ever Told, has sold nearly 1,500,000 copies and is still going strong.

In turning his attention to the...

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