The Book: New Testament

by Rachel Baker on October 15, 2008

Sometimes, great opportunities come across our desks, and we have to make a decision to either take the opportunity and see where it will take us or reject the opportunity and continue business as usual.  I was given an opportunity recently to review a book I wouldn’t normally review, due to the possible controversial nature of the topic.  To be completely honest with you, I was intrigued by the clandestine nature of the opportunity – and the publicist who contacted me let her excitement show in her email.

The opportunity I’m alluding to is the review of a new publication about the New Testament in the Bible. I say ‘about’ but that’s not really accurate.  The book IS the books of the New Testament.  The Book: New Testament text is from the Good News Translation of the Bible; however, after seeing the book electronically, the version isn’t important. 

The Book has already been released in Sweden last fall and saw unprecedented sales, as well as increased the market without actually affecting normal Bible sales. Its release in the United States is scheduled for the end of October.  The ingenious concept of this book was conceived during a discussion about why people don’t read ancient texts anymore.  Michel Gyring and Mats Rabe of Stockholm, Sweden realized the opportunity to redesign fantastic works of literature in a medium people will be willing to relate to.  And they have started with the Bible.

After getting the electronic glimpse of this book, I am anxiously awaiting its release.  Upon first view, I was struck by the clarity and power in the provocative photographs.  Upon further examination, I was astounded by the relevance of the photographs to the highlighted text.  There are no traditional verses, just running text – making it easier to read continuously for full contextual understanding.

The Book: New Testament is one of the most powerful combinations of literature and photographic art I’ve seen in a long time.  This ‘new version’ of the Bible is astoundingly relevant to today’s culture. I suspect it will be the catalyst for some very real discussions about the moral dilemmas that plague our modern world.

One does not have to be a believer of any specific religious beliefs to truly understand the beauty of this new version of the New Testament.  In fact, this may be the exact thing needed to help people truly understand the cultural relevance of one of the most important and influential texts every written.

Bible Illuminated: The Book: New Testament (Paperback)
# Paperback: 264 pages
# Publisher: Illuminated World (October 28, 2008)
# Language: English
# ISBN-10: 919766944X
# ISBN-13: 978-9197669443

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