There is a Kickstarter fundraising campaign that was launched twenty-five days ago on June 27th, by Adam Lewis Green. His goal is is to create a Bible where “The Biblical Literature [is] designed & crafted for reading, separated into four elegant volumes, and free of all numbers, notes, etc." Green is looking to reach a goal of $37,000 to fund this project and has already surpassed $400,000 at the the time of writing this. There is a total of 3,992 backers, seven of which have pledge $1,000 or more.
The Bible will be split into four books: The Five Books of Moses, The Latter Prophets, The Writings, and last but not least, The New Testament. Each book will have a unique typeface, created by Green with page number varying from 450 pages to 650 pages. He is looking to use high quality materials: thicker paper (off-white and acid free book paper), European-style round spine, etc.
According to his Kickstarter Green says:
“The literature of the Bible was experienced by its ancient audiences as pure literary art—written or oral—with none of the encyclopedic conventions we are accustomed to today (chapter divisions, verse numbers, notes, cross references, etc.). Furthermore, the texts were appreciated as individual works of literature, which gradually accumulated into what we recognize as the biblical anthology (Biblia, meaning Books). It wasn't until the middle ages that navigational conventions were added and the many texts were combined into a single volume (The Bible, meaning The Book, singular).
Today, our contemporary bibles are ubiquitously dense, numerical and encyclopedic in format; very different from how we experience other classic & foundational literature, and completely foreign to how the original authors conceived of their work.
By separating the text into several volumes, and by applying classic & elegant typography, Bibliotheca is meant to provide a fresh alternative to the reader who wants to enjoy the biblical library anew, as great literary art.”
Check out the kick starter, and see more of what he has in store for this project.
What do you think?
Should the Bible be changed from its current glory into a set of four novels with more modern day language or should it be left untouched. I don’t know about you, but it's strange to think of the Bible as a novel like a series of Michael Crichton books.