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Book designer Adam Greene wants to turn the modern, printed Bible into a visually beautiful, easy-to-read, redesigned work of art. Greene’s Kickstarter has raised more than $750,000 for the intensive project that—by drawing inspiration from the dimensions of the Ark of the Covenant—turns the Bible into a re-organized, four volume series, each the size of a contemporary novel. As he explains, the vision of the Bibliotheca project is taken from the history of scripture:

The literature of the Bible was experienced by its ancient audiences as pure literary art—written or oral—with none of the encyclopedic conventions we are accustomed to today (chapter divisions, verse numbers, notes, cross references, etc.). Furthermore, the texts were appreciated as individual works of literature, which gradually accumulated into what we recognize as the biblical anthology. By separating the text into several volumes, and by applying classic & elegant typography, Bibliotheca is meant to provide a fresh alternative to the reader who wants to enjoy the biblical library anew, as great literary art.

You can learn more about the project, and see images of the four-volume set here ... Discuss

 

Well, what dost thou knoweth? According to recent research, the King James Bible is far and away the most popular translation among Americans.

According to the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis’ “The Bible in American Life” report, 55 percent of American Bible readers preferred the classic KJV translation, compared to 19 percent who chose the NIV (the second most popular). Read More

 

According to a new Gallup Poll, more than 1 in 4 Americans believe that the Bible is the actual word of God and should be interpreted literally, “word for word.” Even though that number seems pretty high, it’s actually down by 3% from 2007, and dramatically since the late ‘70s when 40% of Americans maintained that belief. The most recent poll found that a whopping 47% of Americans say that the Bible is "the inspired word of God—but not everything in it should be taken literally," meaning that more than 75% of Americans believe God inspired scripture, even though they disagree how it should be interpreted. Unfortunately, Americans’ feelings about Old Testament rock monsters were not made clear by the poll results ... Discuss

 

Another Bible drama is headed to primetime. Lifetime is producing a four-hour miniseries adaptation of the novel The Red Tent, a book featuring Dinah, the daughter of Jacob and Leah. The best-selling 1997 novel was somewhat controversial after it was released, as some religious critics disagreed with the liberties taken with the Biblical account.

As The Christian Post notes, author Anita Diamant defended her narrative decisions, saying, “The Red Tent is not a translation but a work of fiction. Its perspective and focus—by and about the female characters—distinguishes it from the biblical account, in which women are usually peripheral and often totally silent. By giving Dinah a voice and by providing texture and content to the sketchy biblical descriptions, my book is a radical departure from the historical text." The miniseries joins a host of new series slated for release in the fall, including a series about the life of Christ as a child on Fox and a miniseries about the early church on NBC ... Discuss

 

Barna and The American Bible Society have released their annual State of the Bible report, and found that skepticism, particularly among millennials, is on the rise. Their research show that the number of people who believe that the Bible is "just another book of teachings written by men that contains stories and advice" has tripled over the last three years, and is currently at 19%—the same percentage of those who read the Bible regularly (at least four times a week) and believe it is the actual Word of God. They found that “While 50% of all adults believe the Bible has too little influence in society, only 30% of millennials believe this.”

Despite the rise in those that are skeptical of scripture and new trends among millennials, numbers that indicate Bible ownership (88%) in American households, how many people believe the Bible is inspired and infallible (56%) and how many Americans use a smartphone to read scripture (35%) are still relatively high. You can go here to see more of the findings and see more infographs from their report ... Discuss

 

If you had questions about the Noah story after seeing Darren Aronofsky’s movie, you’re not alone. As The Christian Post notes, both Bible Gateway and YouVersion (two popular online Bible apps) as well as Google Trends indicated massive spikes in the number of people looking at the Noah story in Genesis 6-9. YouVersion saw a 245% increase in people reading the chapters and Bible Gateway observed a 223% bump in traffic to the story. The new readers may have been disappointed in the lack of knife fights ... Discuss