The Hebrew Bible: What the Famous Said

America’s forefathers and others were explicit in understanding the impact that the Hebrew Bible has made on the shaping of this nation’s foundational principles. Following are some of their statements:

 

Fisher Ames (1758), author of final wording of the 1st Amendment in the U.S. Constitution asked,

“Why should not the Bible regain the place it once held as a school book? Its morals are pure, its examples captivating and noble.”

 

Noah Webster (1758), author of the first American speller and the first dictionary, wrote:

The moral principles and precepts contained in scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws…All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.”

 

George Washington (1732), first President of the United States of America, expressed these words:

“Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society.”

 

Benjamin Franklin (1706), signer of the Declaration of Independence wrote:

“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”

 

In 1778Franklin went on to say to the Continental Congress:

Whereas true religion and good morals are the only solid foundations of public liberty and happiness…it is earnestly recommended …to take the most effectual measures for the encouragement thereof.”


American novelist Harper Lee (1926) said,

“The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think. No book in the world equals the Bible for that.

 

Our 18th President Ulysess S. Grant (1822) advised: 

Hold fast to the Bible. To the influence of this Book, we are indebted for all the progress made in true civilization, and to this we must look as our guide in the future.”

 

 

Napoleon (1769), Emperor of the French (1804-1814) wrote: 

    The gospel is not a book; it is a living being, with an action, a power, which invades every thing that opposes its extension, behold! It is upon this table: This book, surpassing all others. I never omit to read it, and every day with some pleasure.”

     

    Isaac Newton, English mathematician and scientist, 1642-1727:

    I find more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible than in any profane history whatsoever.”

     

    The Cambridge History of the Bible:

    No other book has known anything approaching this constant circulation.”

     

    Sir Ambrose Flemming, British electrical engineer and inventor, 1849-1945:

    “We must not build on the sands of an uncertain and ever-changing science…but upon the rock of inspired Scriptures.”

     

    Jean Jacques Rousseau, French skeptic

    Jewish authors would never have invented either that style nor that morality; and the Gospel has marks of truth so great, so striking, so utterly inimitable, that the invention of it would be more astonishing than the hero.”

     

    Patrick Henry, American Revolutionary leader and orator, 1736-1799:

    There is a book worth all other books which were ever printed.”

     

    President Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States:

      Of the many influences that have shaped the United States into a distinctive nation and people, none may be said to be more fundamental and enduring than the Bible.”

       

      President George Washington, First President of the United States:

        It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and Bible.”

         

        Immanuel Kant, German idealist philosopher, 1724-1804:

          I believe that the existence of the Bible is the greatest benefit to the human race. Any attempt to belittle it, I believe, is a crime against humanity.”

           

          Robert E. Lee, Confederate Civil War General:

            In all my perplexities and distresses, the Bible has never failed to give me light and strength.”

             

            Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, 1809-1865:

              I am busily engaged in the study of the Bible. I believe it is God’s word because it finds me where I am.”

              I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good of the Savior of the world is communicated to us through the Book.”

               

              Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States, 1856-1924

                “When you have read the Bible, you know it is the word of God, because it is the key to your heart, your own happiness, and your own duty.”

                 

                Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, 1858-1919:

                  “A thorough understanding of the Bible is better than a college education.”

                  Fisher Ames (1758), author of final wording of the 1st Amendment in the U.S. Constitution asked,

                  “Why should not the Bible regain the place it once held as a school book? Its morals are pure, its examples captivating and noble.”

                   

                  Noah Webster (1758), author of the first American speller and the first dictionary, wrote:

                  The moral principles and precepts contained in scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws…All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.”

                   

                  George Washington (1732), first President of the United States of America, expressed these words:

                  “Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society.”

                   

                  Benjamin Franklin (1706), signer of the Declaration of Independence wrote:

                  “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”

                   

                  In 1778, Franklin went on to say to the Continental Congress:

                  Whereas true religion and good morals are the only solid foundations of public liberty and happiness…it is earnestly recommended …to take the most effectual measures for the encouragement thereof.”

                  Shakespeare

                  William Shakespeare and The Bible

                  Although William Shakespeare was brilliant in his understanding and portrayal of human nature revealed through his characters’ greed, ambition, impulsiveness, deceit and gullibility. No one can argue that Shakespeare was ingenious in his literary skills, but his works do not compare to the effectiveness of the literary techniques and universal truths found in the Hebrew Bible- one of the greatest sources for not only finding truth about the human condition, but offers solutions to resolve the human condition- whether one decides to accept the solutions or not.