Bibles

The Emoji Bible

Bible EmojiThe twitter account has been going for almost a year, but the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the newest version of the Bible, in that special language we love, The Emoji Bible has finally arrived.

You can purchase it for $2.99 at iBooks.

Check out the perspectives of Christianity Today or The NY Times.

Before you get too excited, there are a lot more English words (from the King James Version), than there are emojis.

While I don’t use emoji’s except to make fun of them, or other people for using them, I don’t think this is a work of Satan (as some apparently do), but a great idea.  Anything that gets people to read God’s word in language that speaks to their heart, soul, mind, and strength is a good thing.  If you love to use emojis in your various forms of communication, this translation could speak to you.  History of full of people who have adapted God’s word into the vernacular of their day in creative ways.  The Emoji Bible fits into this tradition.

Although I was a bit disappointed when I typed in one of my favorite verses into the Emoji Bible verse translator site and this is what it gave me, only a couple legit emojis:

4 the whole 🏠 of ahab shall perish: & i will cut off from ahab him that pisseth against the wall, & him that is shut 👆 & left in israel (2 Kings 9:8 in KJV).  

What do you think?  Thumbs up, or thumbs down?

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Story of God Commentary Video

What is the new Story of God Bible Commentary series?  I’m glad you asked.

To answer your questions about the SGBC, Zondervan has prepared a short video (2 minutes, 40 seconds).  Click here or below.  Contributors for the Old Testament include some big names (e.g., Tremper Longman III on Genesis, Chris Wright on Exodus) and some small names (e.g., David T. Lamb on 1, 2 Kings).

The first two volumes come out very soon:

Scot McKnight’s Sermon on the Mount commentary.
Lynn Cohick’s Philippians commentary.

For free E-Book excerpts of these two commentaries, click here.

Something is missing

When you’re looking at a book on Amazon, there’s a blue tab that says, “Look inside” to allow you to magically look at some content, a free sample like you get at Costco.

I looked inside a few days ago to peruse the list of contributors for the new Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary.  I had written twelve articles, so I guess I was being a bit narcissistic (see my post on the dictionary and the twelve articles here).

There was something missing between Brian Labosier and Bernon Lee.  An author was left out.

I think my narcissism was duly punished.  Ouch.

Some Bible Dictionaries include the name of the author after each article.  Unfortunately, this one doesn’t do that.

I emailed my contacts to inform them of the oversight.  I then received several apologetic emails.  I was told the problem would be fixed in the next printing.

When I told my wife she said, “That sounds like plagiarism, using someone’s work and not giving them credit.”  Yes, but there were thousands of articles and scores of contributors.  It’s a reasonable mistake.  (But why not leave someone else’s name out instead of mine?)

They are sending me a free copy of the dictionary (without my name).

My favorites were the articles on Jacob, Lot, Jephthah, Hosea the book and Hosea the person.

I’ll get over the blow to my pride.  But my inner narcissist thought I should blog about it.

How do you feel when you don’t get credit for something you’ve done.  

How much is your Bible worth?

So Einstein’s Bible was just sold for $68,500 at an auction in New York.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57591466/bible-signed-by-einstein-fetches-$68500-in-nyc-auction/

How much is your Bible worth?

Einstein’s inscription says (translated from the German) that “this book is a great source of wisdom and consolation and should be read frequently.”

I agree.

A few years ago I had my old Bible re-covered because it was looking worn.

About 20 years ago, I drove past a church that had a sign out front that said,

“A Bible that’s falling apart, belongs to someone who isn’t.”

My Bible was falling apart, and while I’m not sure it’s appropriate to say I’m not falling apart, things would have been worse.