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While the Bible has been recreated and repackaged innumerable times, publishers of the newest editions are using some distinctly unique formats to capture the attention of readers.
It's difficult to capture how many different versions of the Bible are sold each year. But the Book Industry Study Group estimates that Bibles, testaments, hymnals and prayer books were a $795.2 million market in 2007.
They never stop to think that times get tough because they don't think they need God in their lives, and turn away from His teachings to follow their own selfish pursuits.
...beginning with Moses and with all the Prophets, he explained to them the things concerning himself in all the Scriptures [i.e. throughout the OT]...
Then he said to them, "These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things that are written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled... Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and rise again from the dead the third day; and that repentence for forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all the nations..."
Experts say Bible sales tend to rise in times of war and economic crisis. And the Book Industry Study Group says a Bible publishing boom is indeed under way. The market size has grown steadily over the past several years and is expected to jump in the coming years. The group estimates the market will reach $823.5 million this year -- growth other publishing categories might covet.