Tags: Bible, Bible Illuminated: The Book, book review, graphic Bible, imprimatur, modern printing of the New Testament, Muhammad Ali, prayer, spirituality, The Gospel of Mark
I have now had my copy of Bible Illuminated for two weeks and I absolutely love it. The PDF copy that I mentioned last month did not do it justice, but it did give me a good indication of how it would feel and read. It is the same size as a W magazine and it reads like a magazine, too. It is much less formal than a typical Bible. It doesn’t look or feel like one, and that’s what makes it feel as if I am coming to the text for the first time. I very much liked the text clean of verse numbers and references and the pictures make it magnificent.
I like having the option to read the New Testament both in its standard format as well as in this modernized version. It gives me a separate text depending upon why I’m choosing the read the Bible. As a Roman Catholic, I’ve been taught to look for the imprimatur, which means that the current book is considered error free in regard to doctrine and morality by the Church. If I wanted to study the Bible, I would choose one with that seal. Bible Illuminated, which does not carry an imprimatur, is much more conversational and the pictures provide something additional and enriching to bring to prayer.
I have not read the entire translation yet, but what has stood out to me thus far is Mark. How can it not with a wonderful picture of Muhammad Ali working out at the beginning. It caught my attention right away and stayed on my mind while I read it. Over the days leading up to the election, there was one quote highlighted in red that I kept reading:
If a country divides itself into groups which fight each other, that country will fall apart.
It has been my prayer that our country, which seems to have moved away from civil discourse to trade increasingly ugly and personal insults with each other, will change. We cannot continue on demonizing each other and survive.
Bible Illuminated is just what I needed to freshen up my spiritual life. It appeals both to my heart and to my eyes. It is a new and exciting way to look at the New Testament and the teachings of Jesus Christ. I would have to say that in the new age that we are about to enter that it is just about perfect. I would encourage everyone, whether you are young or old, new to the Bible, estranged from it, or its constant companion, to give this version of the New Testament a try.
In 2009, there will be a Bible Illuminated version of the Old Testament will be published. If it is anywhere near as spectacular as this, I’ll be first in line for that.
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