Adam and I discuss the Bible through a lens of overarching narrative. How does stripping away the "format" we so often think of Scripture change the way we read it?
Adam Lewis Greene is a book designer who perceived an aesthetic problem with the most central text of his life, and of western civilization. Why does the Bible, in its most common format, look and feel so much like a dense reference book full of numbered information and so unlike a welcoming collection of some of the word’s greatest and most influential literature? Wanting to propose an alternative to readers, in 2014 he launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund the creation of “Bibliotheca,” an elegant, spacious, multivolume Bible. He trepidatiously set out to raise $37,000 in thirty days to back the production of 500 copies. To his surprise, the project went viral, receiving coverage from The Wall Street Journal, Christianity Today, The Verge, and many others. With contributions from thousands of people across the globe, the campaign closed at over $1.4 million dollars.
Side note: I was one of the first supporters of the campaign, “before it was cool.” The books were finally delivered near the end of 2016, and since then it has become my regular reading Bible.
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