Bound in its authoritative black leather and gilt-edged pages, with, in some editions, the words of Jesus printed in red, the physical artifact of the Bible has a certain aura. Add to this the powers attributed to it, with its designation as "holy" and therefore suitable for use in oath-taking and in sanctifying proceedings both civil and sacred, and the Bible is much more easily reverenced than read." 6-7
- Gomes, Peter J. 1996. The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart. New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc.