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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 8 years
yes, me too, caterpillar girl (#42)!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 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 8 years
Oh, and :notworthy: YY!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 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 8 years
But you'd look so cute with the pink pom-pom's and little bow in your hair! ;)
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
BTW - We need a male cheerleader please :pray:
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Jen and Brad?!?! WooHoo!!! :cheer: ;)
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Dave if you're gonna dream, dream BIG. You have a chance with both of them!
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I'm not. Now I have a chance with Jen. (OK, maybe not really, but I can dream can't I??)
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 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 8 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 8 years
Is Angelina even really involved in this or are they just using a picture of her?
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 years
I don't think I entirely get the concept. :? But it sounds stupid. "last temptaion of Christ" - :rotfl:
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
wow, i didn't realize the first time i read this that it included angelina jolie. how stupid is that? hahah. just let the idiots who care about reading about celebrities continue buying US magazine and leave the bible out of it! we've got enough problems with people reinterpreting the bible to fit their narrow, ignorant views of the world... adding in celebrity, and frankly, someone who does NOT in any way, shape or form embody the values of the bible, is really quite an insult to those who take it very seriously. i'm 100% against this.
liliblu liliblu 8 years
I have nothing against Angelina Jolie. But I have no interest in this "bible".
whenturtlesfly whenturtlesfly 8 years
you've got to be kidding. The Bible goes above "making it hip" and "grabbing people's attention." It's the Truth, not some marketing gimmick.
naziazholesusuck naziazholesusuck 8 years
blashphomy to reinterpret the Bible. it is the Word of God. and has nothing to do with, angelina, the husband stealer. i have never liked her, never will, and it grosses me out to think she is being associated with this. the Bible is not about money, it's about Love! celebrities who need the limelight for attention are not good examples of how to be a good person. really i could go on and on and on but i feel it is wrong. there are other ways to seek out Christ if a young person is so inclined. i have held my tongue on all these brangelina posts lately but i cannot stand them or their little family. something about them rubs me the wrong way and now this, the last straw. "how low have we sunk???? Getting closer to that awful Saint angelina tag she has, what an insult to the real saints." end times, end times.
psterling psterling 8 years
This version is going to be irrelevant in a few years when Angelina is off on some UN thing and a whole new crop of celebrities. I never though the bible would be outdated, lol.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
Oh sorry, Jazz Z :)
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
Somehow I doubt that those who see the bible just as a historical book will be swayed by the pillow lipped one.
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 8 years
Californiagirlx7 although I love your avatar, I was referring to the significance of Angelina Jolie (herself) as a reference to the Bible. UnDave there are actually some of us out there who see the Bible as a historical book rather than the word of God, but I still think it could be helpful for some who do believe to be able to correlate the Bible with modern times to show how one can apply the principles in this day and age. Those who don't like it could certainly stick with the standard.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
Kind of pathetic that it would take a pic of some celebutard to sell the bible, how low have we sunk???? Getting closer to that awful Saint angelina tag she has, what an insult to the real saints.
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