This is truly the Book of all Books. Whether you believe its contents (as I do) or not, one cannot escape the influence of this book which, along side Homer's two mighty Epics, has been the foundation of every other Great work ever produced.
The themes in this book are many and varied, ranging from Love and Hate, to Sex and Politics, indeed every sphere of life is covered in this book! And, while the positions taken are often considered controversial in today's society, the fact that every subject is addressed, is something to be marveled at! It is common today to shovel issues under the rug of partisanship or to censor them altogether; but the Bible has the guts to actually GO THERE! And that is Noble.
I personally prefer the New King James Version of the Bible, as it retains much of the beauty of the original King James, yet is more easily digestible for those unfamiliar with Jacobean English.
Again, whether you agree with its teachings or not, this is definitely a book to be had on the shelf, absolutely one of the world's Greatest of Great Books.