Bible publisher begins handwritten Bible project

One Soldier refers to his Bible during 1st Sgt. Edwin Kerns' Bible study session at the Division Chapel at Camp Victory North. Many of the Soldiers present at the session had highlighted points in their Bibles and took notes while Kerns spoke. (U.S.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - More than 31,000 Americans will have a hand in publishing a new Bible.

Zondervan, one of the world's largest religious publishers, is launching a cross-country tour by motor coach to mark the 30th anniversary of its New International Version of the Bible.

The 135-day "Bible Across America" tour will give people an opportunity to write out one Bible verse each by hand. Copies of the handwritten Bible will then be published and sold.

Most of the verses will be handwritten by ordinary people, although Zondervan also hopes to get verses written by President Bush, the Reverend Billy Graham and other well-known figures.

Zondervan's president wrote the first verse of Genesis Tuesday in a
ceremony at the company's headquarters.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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