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Bible-basher

1. A derogatory term for a Christian considered to be overly focused on the Bible and/or aggressively evangelistic. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. After Mary started spending more time with her church's youth group, her friends from school began to complain that she had become a bit of a Bible-basher.
2. A person who does not approve of the Bible or Christianity. Tired of Bill harassing her about her Christian faith, Joan finally said to him, "You don't have to be a Christian, but I refuse to stay friends with such an intolerant Bible-basher as yourself."

Bible-thumper

A derogatory term for a Christian considered to be overly focused on the Bible and/or aggressively evangelistic. Primarily heard in US. After Mary started spending more time with her church's youth group, her friends from school began to complain that she had become a bit of a Bible-thumper

swear on a stack of Bibles

To make a very serious, solemn pledge, especially that one is telling the truth. A hyperbolic reference to the traditional act of placing one's hand on a Bible while taking an oath, such as before a court proceeding. Janet has sworn on a stack of Bibles that she wasn't the one to betray me, and I believe her. I swear on a stack of Bibles that if I have a chance to help your campaign, I will.
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the Bible Belt

A region in the United States noted for widespread belief in Christian fundamentalism, typically the Midwest and South. You can expect most politicians to attempt to court voters in the Bible Belt, but, as usual, they are careful about what they say there.
See also: belt, Bible

swear on a stack of Bibles

 and swear on one's mother's grave
to state something very earnestly, pledging to tell the truth. (~ a Stack of Bibles refers in an exaggerated way to swearing to tell the truth in court by placing one's hand on a Bible.) I swear on a stack of Bibles that I am telling the truth. Of course, I'm telling the truth. I swear on my mother's grave!
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Bible belt

An area noted for religious fundamentalism; specifically, parts of the American South and Midwest. For example, You wouldn't dare try to sell a sex manual in the Bible belt. This term alludes to the prevalence of evangelical revivals, strict morals, belief in the literal truth of the Bible, and similar traits. [c. 1920]
See also: belt, Bible

swear on a stack of Bibles

Promise solemnly that what one is about to say is true, as in I swear on a stack of Bibles that I had nothing to do with his dropping out. This term alludes to the practice of placing one's hand on a sacred object while taking an oath, which dates from the mid-10th century. It is still followed in courts of law where a witness being sworn to tell the truth places a hand on the Bible. [Mid-1800s]
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swear on a stack of Bibles

If someone swears on a stack of Bibles that something is true, they emphasize their promise that it is true. Our leaders swore on a stack of Bibles there was plenty of oil, and, of course, we wanted to believe them.
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swear on a stack of Bibles

in. to make a very solemn pledge of one’s honesty. (Folksy. Official oaths are sometimes taken with one hand on a Bible. This phrase implies that more Bibles make an even stronger oath.) I swear on a stack of Bibles that I was in Atlanta on the night of January sixteenth.
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swear on a stack of Bibles, to

To make a solemn oath. Traditionally a solemn declaration or affirmation was pronounced as being by some sacred being or object. This practice is perpetuated in modern courtrooms by swearing in witnesses, a procedure that involves laying their hands on a Bible and pronouncing “Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?” Swearing on an entire stack of Bibles thus is construed as carrying considerably more weight than swearing on just one book. An American colloquialism from the mid-nineteenth century, it was used by Billie Holiday in her 1956 memoir, Lady Sings the Blues: “Mom . . . swore on a stack of Bibles I was eighteen.”
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References in classic literature ?
Eliot did when he translated the Bible for the Indians."
"Well, of course, by and by, Eva, you will have other things to think of besides reading the Bible round to servants.
"I'd teach them to read their own Bible, and write their own letters, and read letters that are written to them," said Eva, steadily.
Leaving the cell, the young man could still see in the convulsively clinched fingers of Rosa the yellowish leaf from that Bible on which Cornelius de Witt had with such difficulty and pain written these few lines, which, if Van Baerle had read them, would undoubtedly have been the saving of a man and a tulip.
"All good Greek scholars agree that the Bible forbids divorce--even in the case of adultery.
When the Bible was first translated into English, the monarch and their advisors often influenced the choice of words and language used.
When the Bible was first translated into the English language, the monarch and their advisors often influenced the choice of words and language used.
City officials led by Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Congressman Mark Go unveiled a tarpaulin banner to kick off this years National Bible Month celebration during the first Monday flag ceremony of the year at the city hall grounds.
Speaker of the National Assembly, Gladys Kokorwe said she hoped that the Bible would bring healing to those who have patiently been waiting for it for years, pride to those proud of their language and growth in spirituality for those who led Bible studies.
'What we were criticizing was his own interpretation of the Bible,' David said in a statement written in Filipino and posted on Facebook.
Commenting on the motivation to create a second edition the team at My Bible Culture said: "We wanted to enhance the second edition by adding more resources and features like a biblical calendar, historical artefacts, fun facts and quotable.
124 last year declaring the month of January as National Bible Month and the last week of January as National Bible Week "in recognition of the religious nature of the Filipino people and the existing influence of religion in human society."
Mary Jones bought the Welsh language Bible in Bala in 1800 from the Rev Thomas Charles after saving from the age of nine and walking the 26 miles barefoot from her home in Llanfihangel y Pennant.
The Bible Society held a meeting on Monday 4 August to discuss the need for new translations of the Bible in both Oshikwanyama and Oshindonga.
It's hard to find a good Bible for middle-age kids ages 9-12 years.