Though it is read far less than it used to be, the Christian Bible in various translations such as the 400 year old King James version shaped and molded like no other book the language and culture of the English speaking people. From prime ministers and presidents to merchants, farmers and mothers teaching their children, the Book offered a standard for the English language as well as inspired manners and morals, concepts of right and wrong. Shakespeare, Tennyson, Dickens, Webster, Mark Twain and many other literary giants for centuries have used the language and the stories of the Bible to craft their messages. Maybe the ancient Book should be required reading today in schools.
See the King James Bible: How it changed the way we speak at the BBC