A $1.4 million Kickstarter campaign to produce and release a new kind of Bible has finally been brought to fruition after a two-year wait.
Christianity Today reports that the project, called Bibliotheca, was launched by Adam Lewis Greene who started the Kickstarter campaign.
Greene’s vision was to make a Bible that allowed readers to read God’s Word with new eyes. He wanted to remove the normal chapter headings and breaks, increase the font size, and format the Bible to read more like a novel, with four volumes and single-page columns.
Greene was amazed at the amount of money he was able to raise. He realized this was a bigger project than he initially thought, and with $1.4 million given to it, he wanted to do it right.
Over the course of two years, while some 15,000 supporters waited, Greene hired copy editors, Bible scholars, and proofreaders to perfect the new Bible.
The typesetting process was also time-consuming. The editors had to decide how to space each book of the Bible since they were not using standard dividers.
Through the course of the project, Greene said he developed a new appreciation for Scripture:
“What I did not expect was that, through this process, my admiration and reverence for the text would deepen as it has—maybe tenfold,” he said. “This literature is so complex and interwoven. The deeper I dig, the more I discover.”
This new way of reading the Bible is becoming more popular, as the success of Greene’s Kickstarter campaign shows.
“It wasn’t purely aesthetics that drove people. It was the idea that text could be experienced in a less mediated way,” said J. Mark Bertrand, who runs the site Bible Design Blog. “I wouldn’t be surprised if after the success of Bibliotheca’s fundraising, a lot of people are seeing that as a template.”
Finally, after a two-year wait, the new Bibliotheca Bible is finished and has been shipped out.
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Publication date: November 2, 2016