"What one person means as metaphor someone else takes at face value, and the symbol has become the substance. For humanists [or anyone else who wants to effectively understand and use myths, parables, and metaphors], the question in many cases is whether we can recover the original sense of the metaphor, or sometimes whether we can abstract it to the things we're concerned with." -- Joe LongThis is a pretty famous book. I’m not sure why it is called “holy” since there isn’t another book on earth that I’m aware of in which thousands are killed by God and/or 'his' chosen people. Anyway, unless you’ve read this book or at least become very familiar with it through religious propaganda, many of the other books on the list will have little meaning for you. Oh yeah, King James didn’t really write this book. Then again, neither did Moses, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, etc. Paul did probably write a portion of it though. My favorite line is “the truth shall make you free”. Too bad the book is full of more myths than truth.
There are some good principles in the Bible, and you can get a bit of an idea of what some people thought a couple thousand years ago by reading it, but if you take everything contained therein literally, your elevator may not be going to the top floor.
As Robert G. Ingersoll said, "Read it as you would any other book; think of it as you would of any other; get the bandage of reverence from your eyes; drive from your heart the phantom of fear; push from the throne of your brain the cowled form of superstition--then read the Holy Bible, and you will be amazed that you ever, for one moment, supposed a being of infinite wisdom, goodness, and purity to be the author of such ignorance and of such atrocity."