the american bible society have produced the new testament as a glossy magazine bible illuminated: the book and it is a really impressive piece of art work. there's a lot of text for a magazine (it is the bible!) but the magazine is filled with wonderful photographs and quotes. it surprised me just how different it felt in a different format. the medium is the massage and all that...
i can imagine it on the magazine shelf at the tate modern. it looks that good and the art is contemporary and not 'religious' if you know what i mean.
i have left it lying on the kitchen table and read galatians this morning as if it were a feature in a magazine whilst drinking coffee.
being a magazine it's much more likely you feel you can dive in and read any article - i.e. you don't feel you need a great plan to tackle it.
similarly it doesn't feel like you need to get too holy with it - i.e. set aside a time and place to have a spiritual time - just tuck it in your bag and read it on the tube...
i'd read it on the tube.
i wondered if i would recycle it after it's been round a couple of months? i.e. it's in a more temporary format. i quite like that. it downplays its heaviness somewhat.
joel and harry liked it - it looks great, not embarrassing.
it would be a much better thing to give out in schools than the gideons new testaments (though more expensive!) or as a confirmation present or whatever...
the version is the good news - easy to read.
they are working on the old testament. i fear that will just feel too big! but it will be interesting to see. it's expensive - $35 which is the only down side. but hopefully the bible society will come up with creative ways for it to be used that won't cost people that much.
you can download a sample chapter here