I am not sure whether this image is the best to show the contents of magazine Bible Illuminated, but it certainly is a striking image.
And, is this the right way to get the word of the Bible out?
An interesting concept – bringing the Bible into the 21st century can only be a good thing, no?
Most people think of the Bible as a densely printed book with no pictures, but a version of the scripture that resembles a glossy coffee table magazine aims to change that. It’s part of a wave of radical presentations of the Bible, including a manga version and a Lego gospel. But how do Christians feel about these attempts to spread the word?
How the religious zealots will take it is up for grabs but a Manga Bible?
Well it is a very interesting concept indeed!
Bible Illuminated is the latest attempt to bring the Bible into the modern world. In the format of a 300-page glossy magazine, it contains the whole text of the New Testament in a popular translation, with no chapter or verse numbers.
The images are by turns beautiful, violent, oblique and provocative – much like the book itself.
The text “She will have a son, and you will name him Jesus” is illustrated with a veiled Muslim. One verse has a photo of a pair of knickers draped over high-heeled shoes, sending you back to the passage to find out what it’s really about.
BIBLE VERSION HISTORY
382AD: Jerome commissioned to tackle Latin Vulgate translation
1382AD: Wyclif’s Bible, translations of Vulgate scripture into Middle English start to appear
1455AD: Gutenberg prints Bible using movable type
1522AD: Martin Luther translates New Testament into German
1526AD: Tyndale’s English New Testament printed