A Very Brief History of Olive Pell’s Even Briefer Bible

Olive Pell BibleIn 1952, vegetarian and prude Olive Pell did what so many entrepreneurs have done: She took a hobby and made it pay. In this case, her hobby was editing the Bibles of friends. Eventually, since everyone was such a fan of her work, Ms. Pell self-published her version of the Bible, in which she crossed out anything that smacked of the carnal (goodbye, all those begats!) and all mentions of the eating of meat. As you may imagine, this left the Bible a great deal shorter. As you may not imagine, it was a bestseller. Eventually, a real publisher picked it up and the Olive Pell Bible became a thing. Just try to find one now, though! (Seriously, please try. I’d like a copy.)

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2 thoughts on “A Very Brief History of Olive Pell’s Even Briefer Bible

  1. I have a copy-3rd edition 1956. Please email if you are interested

  2. Adelmo says:

    Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you.
    Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. The book of Moses called Deuteronomy.
    Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
    Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;
    For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. The revelation of Jesus Christ,

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