Have you heard of Bibliotheca? If so, keep reading, if not, you must click this link first and watch the video below.
Let me begin by saying this: I love the Bibliotheca project. I would totally back it if I thought I would sit down and read the Bible like a novel, but I’m not sure that I would. I do a year-long Bible reading plan, but I jump around from book to book. I just think $75 is a lot to pay to read the same thing I can read for free, just with numbers on the sides and such.
All of that to say, like I said above, I love the Bibliotheca project. I just don’t know how much I’d use it. To be honest, I think I love his art way more than the primary project itself. The four evangelists piece is really awesome. I want one of those. Bad.
As I was looking over the project again today and talking with some co-workers about it, I thought of 11 semi-serious, semi-snarky things I have learned at the widely-publicized success of this project. Here they are:
1. We love story.
Right out of the chute, Bibliotheca creator and hipster-film narrator Adam Greene says in the video, “People love stories. People still love to get lost in a good story.” He agrees, which is why he created the project, after all.
2. The MacBook Air of Bibles sells.
Most people have no idea why it’s any better but they’ll pay twice as much to look cool. FYI, if anyone needs a Bible, there’s usually one in the seat in front of you at church, community, collective, or whatever you guys call your gathering of Christians.
3. The Bible is boring because it looks funny.
In the video, Greene asks why we view reading the Bible as a chore. He answers, “Could it be that the encyclopedic nature of our contemporary Bibles is what’s driving this idea that the biblical literature is dry and boring?”
Contemporary Bibles? Were verse and chapter numbers only added in like 1925 or what? Have people always struggled with this?
4. English translations matter very little to many.
The creator of Bibliotheca is working off of the American Standard Version (ASV) as his base, and has admittedly made changes to the text.
I don’t want to get into the nitty-gritty details, but the ASV is a less-than-ideal translation, and I’m not really OK with a guy making changes to the text, even little ones as he describes.
5. We love story (Part 2).
I have heard almost as much praise for the introductory video as I have for the product itself. While the video is telling us how much we love story, it is telling the story of the project itself. A story within a story—Inception-style!
6. Christian hipsters make easy targets.
Christian hipsters have the ability to drop a lot of dough on a cool Bible, while spending a lot of money to look poor, all at the same time.
Plus, it’ll look really cool on Instagram, right?
7. Justified text is soooo early 2000s.
Seriously. Get with it.
8. Exclusivity is enticing.
Greene teases the idea that this is the ONLY guaranteed way in which you can get this Bible, so if you’re going to get one, you’d better buy now.
9. Even the Huffington Post pays attention to the Bible when it looks neat.
10. Creativity opens the door for the gospel.
Serious point. Thousands upon thousands of people are going to be exposed to a really neat version of the Bible because of this project, which is a great thing, no matter what you think of the project as a whole.
Still gunna be bored when they hit those army lists though, I’m telling ya.
11. A cool Bible is worth waaay more than potato salad.
For real. A LOT more than even the hottest potato salad on Kickstarter.
Thanks to Jonathan Howe and Aaron Earls for some help on these.
You must watch the parody video by Michael Bird below. Incredible.