Religion: The Good Book-and Others-in '73

Wall Street was bearish but Bibles were bullish in the year just past. Two new ecumenical editions of the Revised Standard Version appeared: the New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha (Oxford; $11.95) and the Common Bible (Collins; $7.95). Each includes the RSV'S 1971 revision of the New Testament, and carries Apocryphal and "DeuteroCanonical" books not included in the Protestant and Jewish canons. The year's newest Bible was the New International Version (Zondervan; $5.95), which made its bow with the New Testament. Translated by a team of conservative Protestant scholars, the NIV is...

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