I’ve seen countless times the Bible handled in a ceremonious way during church services. I’ve seen a large and beautiful copy displayed on a pedestal in some busy area of a church.
We all know this comes from the belief the contents of the Bible have been channeled in some way or another from God to humans who then wrote it down. There is not one shred of evidence this happened, but a billion some people believe it did happen.
What is there evidence of? There is a lot of evidence that in the ancient times of both New and Old Testament writing there was lots of chicanery going on. The evidence is not all from modern scholars piecing together bits of inferences, but from allegations of chicanery made by those writing at the very time it was taking place. In fact, it was so rampant, some of those who alleged chicanery in others where committing it themselves.
If you read the Bible and commentary about the Bible, you know several of the books where the author claims to be Paul is not actually Paul but an imposter. The names assigned to the gospels are not the name of the authors but names assigned in relatively recent history. The problem of forgery was so great in those times Paul notes this.
Professor Bart Ehrman published an exhaustive work on ancient authors, Forgery and Counterforgery; The use of Literary Deceit in Early Christian Polemics. He found accusations made by authors of imposters where the accusers were themselves imposters.
All of which begs the question, why is it call “The Word of God?”