A New York Times book review of a new biography of Ayn Rand asks an interesting question
When Bennett Cerf, a head of Random House, begged her to cut Galt’s speech, Rand replied with what Heller calls “a comment that became publishing legend”: “Would you cut the Bible?” One can imagine what Cerf thought — he had already told Rand plainly, “I find your political philosophy abhorrent” — but the strange thing is that Rand’s grandiosity turned out to be perfectly justified. In fact, any editor certainly would cut the Bible, if an agent submitted it as a new work of fiction.
As a work of literature, the Bible has some interesting narratives in Genesis, and a wonderfully dramatic story in Exodus. I’d cut much of Leviticus, being more of an instruction manual for sacrificing animals, and some of the begats. I also like the historical books like Kings, but some of the prophets and their wailings I could do without.