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I wonder which translation of "the Bible" Gunning used to get that
result, and whether he lumped the Old Testament in with the New
Testament. I'd bet that the King James version would rate higher than
7th grade on sentence length alone.
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FYI, according to Gunning, here are some grade levels for current and
past popular publications:
Reader's Digest - 10
Time, Newsweek - 11
Harper's, Atlantic Weekly - 12
The Bible - 7