The Old Testament
Read it as one of the oldest historical documents.  Or
as a source of time-honored stories.  Or as a
theological text.   Or as a guide to wise living.   But
read it.  Even more, read it aloud -- especially in the
King James version, whose phrases are as famous as
Shakespeare, whose cadences shaped the language of
Milton and Melville, Blake and Wordsworth.   Put
together by a group of 47 scholars in six teams, it
remains the only great work of literature created by a
committee.  But the whole is so seamless, so well
crafted that one (blushingly) grants that a dose of
divine inspiration must have helped them along.   
TIPS FOR READERS

The options here are
overwhelming -- ranging
from the scholarly (Robert
Alter's Five Book of
Moses) to the sectarian.  
But the influence of the
King James Version, and
the sheer beauty of its
language make it the
default starting point for
any consideration of this
text.