Holy book

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SCRIPTURES, noun; The sacred books of our holy religion, as distinguished from the false and profane writings on which all other faiths are based.
—Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
What I’m saying is, if God wanted to send us a message, and ancient writings were the only way he could think of doing it, he could have done a better job.
Carl Sagan, Contact[1]
Why should one think that God performed the miracle of inspiring the words of the Bible, if he didn't perform the miracle of preserving the words of the Bible?
Bart Ehrman[2]

A holy book is a text sacred to a particular religion. Not to be confused with a holey book, a book that has been eaten by worms, though there is some overlap between the two categories.

Notable holy books[edit]

In order of approximate publication dates:

See also[edit]


  1. Contact: A Novel by Carl Sagan (1985) Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0671434004. Chapter 10 (p. 164)
  2. Heyns Lecture Series, April 25, 2007
  3. Internet Sacred Text Archives: Hindusim — The Vedas
  4. Internet Sacred Text Archive: The Upanishads
  5. The Hebrew Bible in English
  6. This discusses some of the issues.
  7. Encyclopedia Britannica: Lao-tzu
  8. BibleGateway.com
  9. Mr. Mohammed, Esq.
  10. See Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz, as in "simultaneously and independently", as they say in College Bowls.
  11. Joseph Smith
  12. L. Ron Hubbard
  13. The honourable Douglas Adams
  14. The Wholey Booque of Discordians Everywhere