"Why were Bibles the First Books to be Printed?" from "Reformation and Counter Reformation" by Carol White, published by Longman, England, 1995
The Bible was first printed in Latin by Johann Gutenberg in the 1950s. Since people valued the Bible so much, it's not surprising that it was among the first books to pe printed. The printed Bibles were easier for the people to read than the handwritten ones, and much more decorative when colour and designs were able to be printed. Though the Roman Catholic Church taught that only priests could read it (as it could give "dangerous ideas" in the wrong hands), many Bibles were sent to reforming countries after 1520. Thanks to the printing press, many more people had the chance to read the Scriptures for themselves.

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