No, this is not filed under “humor.” It’s actually the case that a new translation of the Bible has become a bestseller in Norway.
Norway’s Bible Society promoted the new translation like a pop fiction novel, stirring anticipation by giving out teasers of biblical stories before its release. It turned to poets and authors such as Knausgard to make the text sing and resonate for a new generation.
Stage plays based on the Bible have also been drawing crowds. All this in a country where 1% of the population attends church.
Last year, Parliament unanimously decided to end the Lutheran church’s status as the official state religion.
And in that same year, 2012, the Bible became a bestseller. Go figure.
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