Yes that is probably the oldest book most have access . India has older books as do Jewish writings. More older still are found as people tear and dig. China probably has the oldest of all but they are so secretive and selfish they will not share at all.
I've read it as well, but I wouldn't give that much credit to it. Lots of it has been removed. King James' version is pretty much the closest thing you can get and even it wasn't really completed at the said time.
Zonkey for sure you are right on that, King James version took out everything that didn't pertain to making the church a way to collect assets from members.
Look at my horrifyingly blasphemous response above.
Aside from the Bible, "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" by Homer.
That is serious reading.
It was a high school assignment. (They wouldn't have been my first choice!)
That would have to be a Bible
Et tu, Brute?
As a first printing ... there was a biography of a guy who went to the gold fields of Alaska in 1897. He wasn't anybody famous. Just some guy who wanted a book of his adventures. I don't even recall his name, now.
Anyway, it was pretty interesting reading. Especially the part about Astoria Oregon at the time, since I work in the area. I had heard of the "shanghai bars" ... but it turns out you were at greater risk of being kidnapped from a logging camp. Which is why the loggers were always armed (not wild animals, as most people think). Who knew?
I was discussing the book with my store manager at the time - and found out that it was his ancestor. His family knew the guy went to the gold fields, but lost track of him after that. They didn't even know of the book. I gave him the book to add to his genealogy collection.
Aside from the Bible, I'm not really sure. I've only read parts of Pilgrim's Progress, but numerous novels written in the 1800's.
Yeah, I'd have to say the Bible is the oldest one I've read, King James Version, published in 1611.
I've read some other old books too, like the Bhagavad Gita, written about 700 BC, and Upanishads, written 800 BC. (Great stuff btw) When reading really old spiritual books, it's interesting to see how insightful and relevant they still are about human nature and life. I guess it's true that some things never change.
Next oldest would be the works of Plato
Honorable mention to Omar Khayyam's Rubaiyat
It was a poem, Paradise Lost by John Milton, written in 1667.
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After 'The New Testament' it would be 'The War of the Worlds'.