We’ve all seen them at one time or another. The Gideon hotel room bible! The Gideons have been distributing and donating bibles to hotels, prisons, schools and soldiers since 1899. It was founded by John Nicholson, W.J. Knight and Samuel Hill who named themselves after the Israelite leader Gideon. Gideon can be found in Judges 6 through 8, where he leads a small band of Israelite soldiers to battle and defeat the Midianites. In case you’ve ever wondered what the small jug on the Gideons logo meant, it comes from Judges 7: 19-24 when Gideon and his men took clay jars and jugs into a Midianite camps during the night, and all at once began to shatter them and blow trumpet horns. The Midianites woke up in such a panic that they fled and some turned on each other in all the confusion.
So next time you see a Gideon Bible, you’ll have some random factoid under your belt to unleash on any poor person near you!
 Since the “separation of church and state” the Gideons are no longer allowed to provide Bibles to public schools.