In my library of some 2000 plus books - on diverse subjects (Theology, Liturgy, Medicine, Sociology, Psychology, English Language, ......
.....History, Foreign Languages, Mathematics ,Physics, Poetry etc.), it is surprising how many go out of date. Not many even survive the generation that produced them. Their readers become fewer and fewer. For example I have four medical dictionaries - all four are out of date, still useful, but when my children are my age, they will be hopelessly out of date, and their value only in recycling! Indeed certain of my books will have a long shelf life - such as the books on history, but one turn of an archaeologists spade could render anyone of them as being a bad best guess!
Yet as Christians, we have a book that will never be outdated. "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away." - Matthew 24:35. "But the word of the Lord endures for ever." -1 Peter 1:25.
In terms of our existence here on earth, we are passing away. Death and decay are written upon everything. However, the word of God will not die. "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." - Hebrews 4:12.
A book that proclaims this eternal word of God, will endure forever and it certainly should demand our most careful study. Yes it may have to be translated afresh in every generation, as language evolves but even the Wycliffite Bible of the 1400s can just about be understood today. I commend to you - The Bible! Michael - the Rector.