- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Illuminated World; 1 edition (October 28, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 919766944X
- ISBN-13: 978-9197669443
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bible Illuminated: The Book: New Testament 1st Edition
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A homeless man walking. A soldier preparing for combat. A mother nursing her newborn child.
Never before has a publisher illuminated the Bible with such an array of striking, even provocative contemporary photographs. Wrapped in an arresting cover, Bible Illuminated: The Book: New Testament presents The Bible in a full-color, glossy magazine format, set in running text with no verses, inviting readers to step into the Bible and experience it in a whole new way.
The Book, using the Good News Translation as approved by the American Bible Society, will introduce believers and non-believers to a culturally relevant, accessible Bible and will encourage dialogue between people from all walks of life.
When was the last time you picked it up and read it?
Learn More About Bible Illuminated: The Book
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Who created The Book?
The company that created The Book is called Illuminated World. The co-founder and creative visionary for the Bible Illuminated is Dag Söderberg, former CEO of one of the largest advertising firms in Scandinavia. Dag's passion for photography and innovative design helped with the creative direction of such a huge undertaking. He loves art and finding unique ways to present traditional things in a non-traditional way, a part of his advertising background that definitely shaped The Book and ultimately its look and feel. His vision from the beginning was to re-brand the Bible for a consumer audience but remain true to the text (which is why The Book uses the standard Good News Translation).
What is the goal of publishing The Book?
There is no religious mission behind The Book. We believe that its success will be driven by the fact that this is not coming from any specific faith, religion or church. We are from many faiths, backgrounds, and beliefs; ultimately we are trying to create something for the many and not just for the few. The goal is to drive an emotional reaction and get people to think, discuss and share. It's meant to trigger bigger moral questions that will in turn help people to understand the common heritage between all religions through the Bible's text. We hope people will find the images, design and layout intriguing—intriguing enough to talk about the actual stories in the Bible and what the morals and lessons mean to them. The more you know, the more you can participate in discussions about the world and understand the bigger picture.
What does The Book look like?
Bible Illuminated:The Book looks like a high-end magazine. It presents the New Testament as it's never been seen before in full-color, glossy format, illustrated throughout with striking, sometimes provocative, contemporary photographs. It is meant to be comfortable and easy to flip through and used as you would use any Bible. There are no verses and the text runs with columns and paragraphs just like in a magazine.
Who is Illuminated World trying to reach with The Book?
The Book is meant for anyone and everyone. It is for people who currently own a Bible but never read it, people who don't own a Bible or would never even consider picking it up, as well as people who currently read or use the Bible, but want to experience this new, innovative design.
What do the highlighted passages and sentences mean?
The meaning of these passages is open to readers. We highlighted and underlined passages throughout The Book as a way to draw the reader's attention and provide an opportunity for reflection.
What should people do with The Book?
We want people to be able to flip through the pages and find something that they relate to, whether it's an image of a war-torn soldier or homeless person, a celebrity or an endangered animal—or a certain passage paired with a powerful image that resonates with them.
From the Publisher
"What do you get when you integrate a passion for the Scriptures with a passion for those who have never read it...you get the Bible Illuminated. What would it look like if you blended the ancient text of the Scripture with a boldly contemporary and artistic style...Bible Illuminated. For years Bible makers have been creatively packaging the Bible to enhance the experience of people of faith who treasure the Scriptures. Bible Illuminated beautifully presents the content of the Bible as an art form that can be appreciated and enjoyed by those who are not likely to be carrying one. Bible Illuminated feels and looks like it belongs on the tables of every cosmopolitan coffee shop and artisan hang out. Finally a Bible that looks like the city!" - Erwin McManus, Pastor and Author, most recently of Wide Awake: The Future is Waiting Within You, published by Thomas Nelson
"It is impossible to understand the flow of Western culture and the development of its best institutions without grasping the Bible. Judged by its impact, historical importance and power to transform lives and cultures, the Bible simply towers over any other written document. It is no accident that it is the first book to be burned when a totalitarian regime arises. And the contents of the Bible contain a rich blend of spiritual, moral and practical insight, along with the wisdom needed to live a flourishing life. Indeed, for millions upon millions, including myself, the Bible is more than a mere human document--it is the very Word of God to humanity. For all these reasons, and many, many more, it is good when people read and reflect on the Bible. The Bible Illuminated provides a fresh opportunity to recognize the knowledge about reality. It brings the Bible to ordinary folk in a readable form and an attractive format." - J.P. Moreland, Distinguished Prof. of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University.
"Though the look and feel of The Book: New Testament amply fulfills my expectations of the aesthetic and production values that an ad executive brings to Bible publishing, the title of the two-volume series, The Bible Illuminated, places the work within a very old tradition. Once you start looking for it, the heritage of medieval illuminated manuscripts can be recognized in various ways, such as the use of incipit pages and the use of boxed verses or yellow highlights for emphases. Despite appearances, then, The Book: New Testament does not attempt a radical aesthetic innovation in bible publishing but rather consciously updates an ancient and venerable tradition with new production values and methods." - Jim Watts, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies. Department of Religion, Syracuse University
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On my coffeetable it has drawn attention and created fascinating dialog about what the Bible's meaning is. Try it, you will enjoy it!
I think it's a valuable tool which reaches a population that may not ordinarily pick up a Bible. I will be honest and say seeing some of the celebrity pictures in a Bible was off-putting and took a moment to acclimate to (Angelina Jolie and Bill Gates pictures in a Bible? That's a stretch for me), but ultimately it is part of the draw to the audience it's reaching. However, I really enjoy the thought-provoking format.
Graphically, it's fantastic. My bottom line- if this format opens Bible readership up to a group that wouldn't necessarily open a Bible, wonderful- God's Spirit will work in readers hearts and minds.
Because of that, it primarily will be used individually, i suppose that it could be used to read the whole NT.
Maybe I'm not artistic enough, but many times I don't see the connection with the photos and the text. Some photos are excellent and do bring more background to the text. Some pictures look too much like the occult.
It's not a paraphrase, so that's good. But I see a value in it. Even on a road trip the person in backseats would much more likely read it than if it was a traditional Bible.
When I opened the package (surprised that they used such poor quality packaging to protect something like this) it was just a cheap, low grade magazine cover. It was, of course, crimped and damaged because of the poor packaging and mediocre quality of the cover and pages.
As Christians I feel like we have a responsibility to strive for excellence, especially if we are producing such a sacred item (the Bible....). If this would have been a third the cost, then I would have rationalized the cheap magazine quality of the item, but it wasnt. This item is very overpriced. I actually would have paid a third more than I did for a quality item.
This is a real shame too, as the images and layout are good. It is also a shame that just the regular turning of the pages leaves more "dent" and "crimps" in the cover and pages. so there is no real use in being able to put this out on the coffee table or to keep it as an item to be proud of or be able to reference in the future.
Whoever on staff there, that made the obvious poor decision to create such a poor quality item, when it shows that a ton of work went into the copy and images, should really rethink future decisions like this.