Well, two relative newcomers to the ever-interesting world of bible versions. These are pretty edgy, so don’t let small children see them or their image of Jesus will be forever…awesome.
First, the Manga Bible is an bible styled after Anime. Jesus with Super Saiyan powers, I’m excited!
- Since Manga is focused on action, then the Pauline letters are probably pretty boring. But the action Jesus has got to kick some tail!
- Editorial: I do worry a bit about focusing on the action and story of Jesus while missing out on the motivations and the theology. But then again, narrative is very powerful, so who am I to be an old fogey about this?!
Second, the Bible Illuminated: The Book is a pictorial representation of key verses featuring MLK Jr and Angelina Jolie (hat tip). This reminds me of the biblezines that reach out to tweens and teens by putting the bible in magazine format.
- Editorial: I can’t stand bible paraphrases or Zondervan bibles that do the interpretation for me. By linking images to bible verses, I think they may push me in directions that I don’t really want to go. Like how “In the Jungle” was ruined by Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Or how a relative ruined all the hymns in the hymnal by telling me to add “between the sheets” after each title. Sigh.
Well, there’s two new versions for ya. What do you think of them?