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New Bible Modernizes the Word With Angelina: Heavenly Idea?

Though the story might always start, "in the beginning," the Bible has taken a whole host of formats from iPod ready to graphic novel, but this latest incarnation called Bible Illuminated: The Book takes the Bible and smashes in a bit of People and a little bit of Vogue and reimagines it as an avant-garde coffee-table book of photo essays to tell the story of Jesus for an Angelina Age (yep, she's in there.)

What's behind the new slick format? One professor of religious studies explains it like this: "In general, Bible publishers have always been creative, but now they are scrambling to meet a culture where people are moving away from print reading. In a visually literate, advertising-skeptical age — how do you grab people's attention? Mixing the biblical text with Angelina Jolie doesn't surprise me."

Sales of Bibles rise during times of war and economic crisis, (uh, check and check) so the new version may be an instant best-seller and might lure new readers in. The dean emeritus at the Nida Institute For Biblical Scholarship says, "We are living in the age of increased secularization and distance from traditional religion. It's about new points of entry in a modern world that is not ready to open its doors and windows to the traditional word."

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whenturtlesfly whenturtlesfly 7 years
yes, me too, caterpillar girl (#42)!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
*just a little side noteyesterday went and ate lunch with my Father in law, we were praying before the meal, and after i hear some kid say "mom what were those people doing holding hands?" ...anyone else ever get the "eye" for praying at restaurants?
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
*just a little side note yesterday went and ate lunch with my Father in law, we were praying before the meal, and after i hear some kid say "mom what were those people doing holding hands?" ...anyone else ever get the "eye" for praying at restaurants?
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
Oh, and :notworthy: YY!
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
Oh, and :notworthy: YY!
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
Wow. If I was religious, I'd find that deeply annoying. It's the BIBLE...it's not meant to be a fun and entertaining glossy read. And... "now they are scrambling to meet a culture where people are moving away from print reading." What I said on that David Brooks thread about the glorification of stupidity and ignorance (and here I suppose illiteracy) applies just as well here. If someone can't be enticed to read the Bible without glossy photos, what kind of churchgoer would they be anyway?
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
Wow. If I was religious, I'd find that deeply annoying. It's the BIBLE...it's not meant to be a fun and entertaining glossy read.And..."now they are scrambling to meet a culture where people are moving away from print reading."What I said on that David Brooks thread about the glorification of stupidity and ignorance (and here I suppose illiteracy) applies just as well here.If someone can't be enticed to read the Bible without glossy photos, what kind of churchgoer would they be anyway?
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
But you'd look so cute with the pink pom-pom's and little bow in your hair! ;)
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
BTW - We need a male cheerleader please :pray:
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
BTW - We need a male cheerleader please:pray:
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
Jen and Brad?!?! WooHoo!!! :cheer: ;)
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
Jen and Brad?!?!WooHoo!!!:cheer:;)
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
Dave if you're gonna dream, dream BIG. You have a chance with both of them!
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
I'm not. Now I have a chance with Jen. (OK, maybe not really, but I can dream can't I??)
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
I'm not. Now I have a chance with Jen.(OK, maybe not really, but I can dream can't I??)
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
I think they're just using a picture of her. So I don't think the Angelina "husband stealer" Jolie hatred is really necessary. :) Seriously, people are still upset about Brad and Jen breaking up?
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
I think they're just using a picture of her. So I don't think the Angelina "husband stealer" Jolie hatred is really necessary. :)Seriously, people are still upset about Brad and Jen breaking up?
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
That's a really good question. I'm thinking that she isn't necessarily aware, or there would've been talk about royalties from the sale of these Bibles...
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
Is Angelina even really involved in this or are they just using a picture of her?
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
IMO - This Bible is wrong because it implies what she has done for this short period of time makes her a saint. Mother Theresa did this for most of her adult life, she's a saint. AJ isn't a saint.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
IMO - This Bible is wrong because it implies what she has done for this short period of time makes her a saint. Mother Theresa did this for most of her adult life, she's a saint. AJ isn't a saint.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 7 years
The Bible is not open to interpretation? It is reinterpreted ALL the time! How else do we end up with so many religious variations? So are Bibles made for children wrong? Or is just because it uses the image of someone that some people don't like?
thelorax thelorax 7 years
I'm horrified. The Bible is NOT a storybook or an issue of Vogue, and it is NOT open to interpretation. I'm sure Jews would feel the same way about the Torah, Muslims about the Koran, etc. I'm all for being creative in how you distribute information, but this is just wrong.
Jinx Jinx 7 years
I don't think I entirely get the concept. :?But it sounds stupid."last temptaion of Christ" - :rotfl:
Jinx Jinx 7 years
I don't think I entirely get the concept. :? But it sounds stupid. "last temptaion of Christ" - :rotfl:
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