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Item description for Bible Illuminated: The Book New Testament by Illuminated World...
Overview Presents the New Testament of the Bible in a graphically modern and stylishly designed format that features glossy photograph illustrations that pertain to highlighted segments from the text.
Publishers Description A homeless man walking. A soldier preparing for combat. A mother nursing her newborn child. Never before has a publisher illuminated the Bible with such an array of striking, even provocative contemporary photographs. Wrapped in an arresting cover, "Bible Illuminated: The Book, New Testament" presents the Bible in a full-color, glossy magazine format, set in running text with no verses, inviting readers to step into the Bible and experience it in a whole new way. The Book, using the Good News Translation as approved by the American Bible Society, will introduce believers and non-believers to a culturally relevant, accessible Bible and will encourage dialogue between people from all walks of life. When was the last time you picked it up and read it?
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Studio: Illuminated World
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.98" Width: 8.34" Height: 0.37" Weight: 1.56 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2008
Publisher Forlaget Illuminated Sweden AB
ISBN 919766944X ISBN13 9789197669443
Bible Binding: Paper, Flush Cut Color: Full Color Point/Type Size: 0.00 Version: GNT
Reviews - What do customers think about Bible Illuminated: The Book New Testament?
good book but flimsy Jul 10, 2009
It is a beautiful book, but the pages are very flimsy and rip just like a magazine
This is a fantastic book. Jul 7, 2009
This version of the New Testament is fantastic. I wish it was a hardcover or the pages were a bit more durable. That's a production value thing. The content though is amazing.
Appeal to a new audience Jun 27, 2009
I bought this out of curiosity after seeing it featured on The Colbert Report.
I think it's a valuable tool which reaches a population that may not ordinarily pick up a Bible. I will be honest and say seeing some of the celebrity pictures in a Bible was off-putting and took a moment to acclimate to (Angelina Jolie and Bill Gates pictures in a Bible? That's a stretch for me), but ultimately it is part of the draw to the audience it's reaching. However, I really enjoy the thought-provoking format.
Graphically, it's fantastic. My bottom line- if this format opens Bible readership up to a group that wouldn't necessarily open a Bible, wonderful- God's Spirit will work in readers hearts and minds.
A Post-Structural Nuance (The "Word" for a Dawning Age) Jun 11, 2009
While a few of the captions do not necessarily relate with a handful of the pictures, "Illuminated" is an extraordinarily intriguing nuance of the New Testament.
After reading several of the reviews posted here, I decided that I'd give the book a try myself (the opinions and these ratings seemed too divided for me to pass up its reading). It appears that (and I believe this was the books intention) the magazine has stirred up a good bit of conversation... and not just from the Christian community, but also many of the other religious and secular communities of the world.
To write that "the Bible has been generating conversation for 2000 years" is to miss the point of the conversations that are actually being generated here... The masses of this world are more willing to discuss a text of relational relevance than one that has grown archaic - And by this I mean those masses that are not necessarily only Christian or, in other cases, not necessarily only religious.
It would be best to think of "Illuminated" in a post-structural light, and grant The Bible that ability to be taken out of a single context, hence putting it into the interpretations of a new age.
Kudos to Dag Soderberg.
Very Disappointed with the quality of this product. Jun 8, 2009
I was very happy initially to find this item. It sounded like it would be a great item to have and keep, so I rationalized the high price for the item.
When I opened the package (surprised that they used such poor quality packaging to protect something like this) it was just a cheap, low grade magazine cover. It was, of course, crimped and damaged because of the poor packaging and mediocre quality of the cover and pages.
As Christians I feel like we have a responsibility to strive for excellence, especially if we are producing such a sacred item (the Bible....). If this would have been a third the cost, then I would have rationalized the cheap magazine quality of the item, but it wasnt. This item is very overpriced. I actually would have paid a third more than I did for a quality item.
This is a real shame too, as the images and layout are good. It is also a shame that just the regular turning of the pages leaves more "dent" and "crimps" in the cover and pages. so there is no real use in being able to put this out on the coffee table or to keep it as an item to be proud of or be able to reference in the future.
Whoever on staff there, that made the obvious poor decision to create such a poor quality item, when it shows that a ton of work went into the copy and images, should really rethink future decisions like this.