I discovered this at Borders tonight — The Green Bible. And it’s a “green-letter” edition, aimed at marking not the words of Jesus in red, but all references to nature, to the earth, to the environment in green. What a great idea.
At first, I thought, Oh, it’s sad that we even need a bible like this, that the biblical emphasis on the care of the land as well as its worth and sanctity has been lost sight of. In the Old Testament, the land is spoken of as oppressed by the people’s sins and healed by their justice. Sabbaths and jubilees assign periods of rest for the land. In the New Testament, our hope is for a new heavens and a new earth, not a destroyed heavens and a destroyed earth. And the newness is not an ontological change. It’s a new universe where righteousness (justice) dwells. In other words, nature finally gets the perfect treatment it deserves.
Anyway, I am impressed with the quality of this bible — the paper, the print, the articles, the green-lettering, the indexes in the back. I’m going to order a copy myself. It’s kind of exciting, actually.
Hmmm, with a book as large and as complex as the Bible (really a collection of books), it’s not surprising there are so many “specialty” bibles which aim either to highlight a certain theme or aim at a certain audience. It’s a complex book begging to be made more graspable. There are teen bibles, children’s bibles, men’s bibles, women’s bibles, Catholic Bibles, Reformation Bibles, life application bibles, counselors’ bibles. There is even a Rainbow Study Bible which uses several colors to highlight, say, the six or seven major themes of the bible (love, sin, growth, that kind of thing). Not to mention the multitude of English translations. And there are even sites like biblereadthrough.com which allow users to custom-design their bible-reading schedule — e.g., all history, all wisdom, a mix of prophets and poetry, alternating gospel and torah, one day torah, next day history, next day prophets, etc etc. Plus, of course, the ability to custom-design the time to be taken — e.g, the gospels in a month, the psalms in a week, the whole bible in a year.
I don’t know where I’m going with these observations, but it’s an interesting textual phenomenon. One thing — I know I was never interested in other specialty bibles. Always seemed not necessary. But this one I’m excited about.