A resolution that would make the Bible the “official state book” of Tennessee has passed the state House of Representatives.
Christian Headlines reports, the resolution passed by a margin of 55 to 28 and now heads to the state Senate.
According to the documentation, the Bible has had a significant impact on the State’s economy and has aided in maintaining vital records.
The Tennessee State Library and Archives “holds hundreds of family Bible records in several formats and within many collections” because they include “vital records” of births, marriages, and deaths.
The resolution says that before the 20th century, comprehensive records were recorded in Bibles, and not by the State.
“These Bibles contain a history of Tennessee families that may not be found otherwise,” the resolution says.
Further, the resolution says Bible publishing is “a multimillion-dollar industry” in Tennessee. with such Bible publishers as Thomas Nelson, Gideons International, and United Methodist Publishing House.