December 4, 2008

"If you didn't know this was a Bible..."

"... you might think The Book was a 'goth' magazine, or perhaps something you'd find in a doctor's office. The front cover is a close-up of a translucent green eye, caked with black makeup and staring eerily from the page. On the back is a photo of a faceless figure wearing a black hooded sweat shirt."

20 comments:

blake said...

I used to have a comic book with Biblical stories in it. (Old Testament.)

This strikes me as being about the same level.

Ben Calvin said...

Isn't The Bible THE Goth book?

Hannah Jeanette said...

The most intriguing question is:

Ann, why do YOU find this interesting?

mcg said...

Very strange! Not sure what to make of it, honestly.

Ann Althouse said...

"Ann, why do YOU find this interesting?"

I heard this piece on the radio this morning and thought it was a little odd that someone thought it was useful to pitch the Bible this way -- strangely off key. But it might reach the odd person in some weird way. You never know.

Paddy O. said...

There's also this one: The Revolve Bible.


"I used to have a comic book with Biblical stories in it."

I had a Picture Bible, which is the Bible in comic book form. When I was younger I read through it over and over. I credit it with really helping me get a feel for the whole flow of the Bible and help with knowing the general stories. Most Sunday school teaching is so individual verse oriented that so, so few people have a feel for the whole.

Bibles are quite the industry. There's all kinds, packaged different, translated different, containing all sorts of specified comment styles.

Lots of odd people in the world who respond to weird ways..

Michael_H said...

The Bible has been re-cast into every possible form, with the possible exception of Mime and Pig Latin.

There's still time.....ightray?

B said...

Most Sunday school teaching is so individual verse oriented that so, so few people have a feel for the whole.


While that may be the case in many churches today, Paddy, the Southern Baptist Church I first began Sunday School in taught through the Big Stories of the Bible every year - Adam & Eve, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Saul, David, etc - with a different story each week. It was on glossy published paper, so it must have been the same in many churches at that time.

The non-denominational evangelical church my family now attends does something quite similar in it's children Sunday School today.


Not sayin' it's the only way it's done, but there are a lot of churches that do.

cardeblu said...

These appear to be this generation's "Good News for Modern Men" or the "Living Bible" (paraphrased) that came out in the late-60s/early-70s.

blake said...


Yes, Bible sales. The trade is not a
complicated one; there're but two
things to learn. One bein' where to
find your wholesaler - word of God
in bulk as it were. Two bein' how to
reckanize your customer - who're you
dealin' with? - an exercise in
psychology so to speak.


And it is that which I propose to
give you a lesson in right now.

B said...

Speakin of Sunday School',

Miss Brenda was my Sunday School Teacher from First through Fourth Grade, in the early 1960's. She was a black woman in her late 50's, and this was in small town South Carolina, in a town that was already integrated. She taught this white boy about Bible stories and about God's love for all of us, no matter what color we were born. I have remembered her lessons many times in my life.

I flew home to South Carolina for the first time in 21 years to go to Miss Brenda's funeral in 1996. When she passed she left 11 children, 46 grandchildren, and over 30 great grandchildren, and almost all of them were at the funeral. Over 400 people attended and I recognized over a dozen from my Sunday School classes. Miss Brenda was the sweetest, greatest woman I knew. I cried like a baby. After the funeral and the reception, I was asked to join her family at the private supper at the home of the oldest daughter and her husband. We all sat out back from dusk into late in the night telling stories about Miss Brenda, eating and drinking and laughing and singing until you just couldn't take any more. That was one of the great days of my life.

Sunday School Teachers can have a great influence in someones life.

B said...

One other thing was interesting on Sundays. Most every other week the family would go out to eat dinner. Whenever an older woman of grandmotherly age, black or white, usually adorned in her Sunday Best after church would enter the Dining Room, all the men would stand. It was a sign of respect.

Those days, sadly, are gone with the wind.

B said...

My wife just read my comment about Miss Brenda above and asked why, if she had so many children and a husband, she was called "Miss". It was because she was called Miss Brenda when she first started teaching Sunday School at 19 years old before she was married, and it just stuck all those years.

Chip Ahoy said...

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(When I was a child I spoke as a child I understood as a child I thought as a child; but when I became a man I put away childish things.)

Psalms 23

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(he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.)

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(Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.)

Pogo said...

Part of His 'mysterious ways' thingy, I'd wager.

It may prove appealing to that audience, I imagine, because it's subversive, for Christianity is subversive.

You can get killed over that stuff, I hear.

MadisonMan said...

I heard this piece on the radio this morning

Waitaminute: I heard this on the radio yesterday! Is there a wormhole in my house that is distorting the space-time contiuum?

I think it's time for Monty Python to do the Bible in semaphore.

traditionalguy said...

I am sometimes astounded by True Believers who want to fight over a false reading from some Bible verses. Cults come out of a false teaching of scripture + a better idea taught to twist the meaning to ensnare people who find pride in their special knowledge. But I also find great the power in the simple belief in scripture.It is worth the risk to read the Bible for yourself. Try the Gospel by Mark in a modern translation such as J B Phillips and see what you find.

Agatha June said...

Not sure where you're from B, but I'm from southeastern Georgia and all older ladies had the title of Miss. If you knew them well or if they were friends of the family then it was Miss and a first name. All other ladies were Miss and last name. I'm trying to teach my children to have the same respect, but it's the adults that refuse to be called Miss 'So-and-So' or Mr. "Whatshisface'.

WRT the targeted/marketed bible, the bible is always relevant and the two great commandments (or the whole ten) are a great way to conduct oneself. That the bible has to be reinterpreted and slickly packaged says more about our faults than the bible's faults.

veni vidi vici said...

If you didn't know this was a Bible in my pocket...

...you'd think I was happy to see you.


Go forth, be fruitful and multiply, and all that jazz. It's Friday!

TMink said...

Book.

Cover.

Judge not.

Trey