There is a big problem. And it plagues most of us. Here’s how you can tell if it’s affecting you: You sit down to read your Bible. You open your Bible and begin reading. Twenty minutes later you realize you have spent fifteen minutes reading the notes, looking at the maps, and examining the charts and only five minutes actually reading the Bible!
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The Problem: Our study Bible frequently gets in the way when we are simply trying to read the Bible.
I have written many times about being a recovering Ping Pong Reader. (In case you’re not family with the term, a Ping Pong Reader is someone who feels a moral obligation – wink – to read the corresponding note anytime you see a bold letter “a” or “b” when reading the Bible. Oh…you too?!) In fact, I dedicated a whole episode of the podcast to this issue and the myths we start to believe when we do it.
Adam Greene is a book designer and graphic artist who has created a new Bible, specifically designed to help people read the Bible.
[endorsement photo=”https://keithferrin.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Adam-Greene-Bibliotheca-Creator.jpg” cite=”Adam Greene” byline=”Creator and Deisigner of Bibliotheca”]We should be able to experience these texts in their original form, as literary works of art. We should be able to sit down and lose ourselves in them.” [/endorsement]
If you’ve got seven-and-a-half minutes, watch this video to hear Adam Greene share about Bibliotheca. Otherwise, keep on reading…
I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Or should I say “copies?”
You see, the first thing you’ll notice before even cracking one open is that Adam has placed the Bible into four volumes (five if you want the Apocrypha):
- The Five Books of Moses & the Former Prophets
- The Latter Prophets
- The Writings
- The New Testament
There will be much more to say about Bibliotheca (since it doesn’t come out until Christmas) and I’ll do a full review once I’ve spent some time with them in my hands.
But you know my passion for helping people read and enjoy the Bible. So today is all about why I think Bibliotheca will help you do both.
Bibliotheca is Uncluttered.
You won’t find any notes on the page. At all. No maps. No charts. No links to other text. No chapter numbers. No verse numbers. No section headings. Only Scripture.
There is only one column per page. The same way a novel is laid out. Novels are books we read. Bibles are typically books we study. And while studying the Bible is certainly necessary, reading it is equally necessary. (Reading also makes studying more enjoyable and effective…but that’s another blog post altogether.)
Bibliotheca is Holdable.
First off…holdable is a real word. (I looked it up.) Now, a Bible being “holdable” might not sound like a big deal. But when it comes to reading and enjoying a book, being able to hold it – even in one hand – is super important.
Most study Bibles are big. Really big. So big we either set them on a desk or table or in our laps. How often do you do that when you read a novel? How often do you get “lost” in a book that’s too big to hold? I bet not very often.
Placing the Bible into four volumes makes each one something you can hold whether you are at your desk, on a couch, sitting by a pool, or lying in bed.
Bibliotheca is Beautiful.
We are drawn to beauty. I believe God made us that way. From what I can see in the pictures – and the video (below) – Adam Greene has created something truly beautiful.
The books themselves have a sewn binding, cloth hard back, and European curved spine.
Adam Greene designed the fonts himself – with beauty and readability in mind.
The paper is opaque, acid-free paper. The page proportion and text block is based on the measurements of the Ark of the Covenant. (That’s attention to detail, my friend!)
The translation Adam chose is the American Standard Version. In his own words, he chose the ASV because “it’s formally literal (close to the syntax and idiom of the original languages), and its English is beautiful, sophisticated and literary.” (Two thirds down this page is the long answer to why he chose the ASV.)
Bibliotheca is uncluttered…holdable…and beautiful. And I can’t wait to read it.
Will it replace your study Bible? Absolutely not.
Will it help thousands of people (including you) read the Bible, enjoy the Bible, and fall more deeply in love with the Author? It sure looks that way to me.
You can find out loads more information, read Adam’s Q & A, and pre-order a copy on the KickStarter Page.
[reminder comment=”Share your thoughts by clicking here.”]What are your thoughts on Bibliotheca? What’s your favorite “reading” Bible?[/reminder]