Coming in December: Bibliotheca

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)

Bibliotheca-300x160Bibliotheca, is a (mostly) American Standard Version Bible (with the “thees” and “thous” replaced). The goal of this edition is to enhance the reading experience, according to Mark Bertrand, author of the Bible Design Blog. Each of the four volumes has one column per page, wide margins, a large typeface, and no notes or chapter marks to “distract” the reader.

According to an article on the Christianity Today website Bibliotheca will offer “a clean, undistracted way to engage the Bible.” With “less tripping” on chapter numbers, Bibliotheca will facilitate “getting back to the way people originally wrote and read or heard the Bible” — more “like a novel.”

Today, there are 35 English versions of the Bible. Each is designed to expand the reach of this great book. For example the Easy-to-Read Version of the Bible was published initially to address the special needs of the deaf. The New Century Version of the Bible, a revision of the International Children’s Bible, is aimed at young readers and those with low English reading and vocabulary skills.

The Bible isn’t just a novel. The Bible is great literature and a history of Israel; but mostly it’s a source of theological information — a compilation of what biblical writers, under divine guidance, believed, described, and taught in the context of their own times.

In December we’ll discover if the more user friendly Bibliotheca layout helps meet these criteria.