New Revised Standard Version, paperback version. For over 40 years this has been the best Bible for scholars and serious students. With notes from top Biblical scholars and the most faithful translation from original sources, this is an excellent choice for adult study.
This is the book that caused so much controversy at the University Of North Carolina at Chapel Hill when incoming freshmen were asked to read it. A group of Christians sued the University to stop the assignment. The book is an excellent introduction to Islam and the Qur'an.
In the 9th century BCE, the peoples of four distinct regions of the civilized world each discovered a path out of the way of violence and destruction that was endemic in their worlds. These axial age movements laid the groundwork for our current religious traditions and their insights still speak. A very readable history of religions text.
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