User friendly Bibles

This morning, a friend from seminary was interviewed on NPR! In my esteem he is now just one step below Carl Kasell…

He had previously reviewed on his blog two recently published Bibles and NPR followed up with their interview. He speaks about both The Bible Illuminated: The Book and The Green Bible.

I am particularly intrigued with the first because it is designed to look more like a magazine. It is the full text of scripture (the Good News translation) but it is connected to modern day images. I’ve yet to see the book in person, but NPR offers a few photos to preview the material.

What would it take for people to really start reading the Bible every day? I’m excited to think about the buzz this interview might create among people who don’t usually read scripture, and how God might speak to them through one of these new editions of the Bible!


2 Responses to User friendly Bibles

  1. Scott says:

    I’m still figuring out how I feel about this. They put up daily “illuminations” on their website ( and some of them are beautiful and some are a bit too editorialized.

    • revsarah says:

      I haven’t had a chance to check out the daily “illuminations” but the editorial issue seems in line with Rev. Smith’s critique – I imagine trying to pull a few key verses out scripture in order to highlight them would prove challenging and there would always be a flaw…but I do at least admire a Bible that could be included with a stack of magazines and still appeal to young people so that they might pick it up and read!

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