The Bible in Australia


This issue looks at the single most influential book in Australia’s cultural life and its immeasurable impact, past and present.

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The Bible in Australia

The Bible is the most printed book in English and the most widely disseminated book in Australia. While it is probably the most influential single book in Australia’s cultural life, it is also the text most intricately bound up with the European encounter with Indigenous Australians and their languages. It is only recently, however, that scholars have begun to assess the Bible’s immense influence on just about sphere of Australian life and, on a broader view, the Bibles immeasurable impact on Western civilization. In this year that marks the bicentenary of the Bible Society of Australia, this edition of St Mark’s Review explores the role and influence of the Bible in Australian life, past and present, as well as ways in which it is being read and interpreted by Australians today.