Fastest writing of Bible-world record set by Christian group
[July 9] BHOPAL, India--A group of Christians in India set a new
world record by writing the Bible in almost in two and a half hours.
The July 7 copying of scriptures, in the presence of
neutral observers and church leaders, began at 5:00 p.m. and ended
at 7:32 p.m. with a prayer, according to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference
The team of Christians from various denominations,
who ranged in age from 11 to 77 and included priests, nuns, pastors,
brothers and lay people, was led by a local Bhopal lay person Sunil
Joseph, who in December 2005 set a record by writing the Bible on
his own in 123 days.
“It is a historic movement of brotherhood among
the Christians,” said Catholic Archbishop Pascal Topno of Bhopal.
“We are one in Christ, our differences are nothing before the strong
brotherhood feeling we have among us.”
“This was really a show of unity among the
Christians,” said Father Anand Muttungal, spokesperson for Catholic
Church who helped coordinate the program.
The event, organizers said, was organized also to mark
the importance of the day – 7/7/07. The Christian community considers
number seven as the most complete number among all numbers, they
said, pointing to the Book of Genesis referring to the seventh day
blessed and set apart as a special as the day upon which God had
completed creation (Gn 2:3).
“This is an effort to spread the message of love
in the holy Bible for the unity and brotherhood of our country,”
Joseph said. “It is also to encourage people to read the message
of love embedded in the holy scripture.”
The “world record attempt is a sign of Christian
unity in Madhya Pradesh,” said Father Muttungal. The “holy Bible
is the symbol of love revealed through Lord Jesus Christ. So we
celebrated this day by these efforts.”
December 16, 2005 Joseph completed his first world record attempt
taking 123 days. This record made seven world records-- minimum
period ever taken in writing Holy Bible by own hand, heaviest (61
kg), thickest (3 feet 7 inches), and maximum number of pages hand
written ( 16000 pages), besides one verse in one page and mirror
image reading .