This post belongs to my “Web Popularity of Bible Books” series. In this graph, I removed the outliers (Genesis and Daniel — see my previous post for reasons) and then I sorted the OT books by popularity. Here are my thoughts on the most popular books.
- Psalms is used in songs, poetry and worship. Psalms passages are pretty self-contained. So I can understand their popularity.
- Proverbs is full of wisdom aphorisms, and holy sound bites. I can understand why Proverbs is popular.
- Exodus is part of the whole “Origins Myth” and early history of the Jews and so I can see why it is top on the list.
But dear readers who know the Hebrew Scriptures well, please help me speculate on the others. Here are my wonderings:
- Isaiah: Why is Isaiah so popular compared to other prophets? Is it the NT author’s using it to explain the foreshadowing of Jesus? Is it the apocalyptic content? (TWF’s summary)
- Ruth: Really? What am I missing? (TWF’s summary)
- Ecclesiastes: I would have thought it would be more popular — shows my naiveté.