Sunday, October 19, 2008

Sneak Peek: Bible Illuminated The New Testament

I have been given probably the most exciting opportunity, related to my blog, to review the upcoming book, Bible Illuminated. The book isn't actually being released until October 28th. But I've been allowed a sneak peek of the book for now, with a full review to come later on.

Having a background in design and photography this book is very very interesting to me. Instantly it reminds me of some of my favorite books including Matthew Barney's The Cremaster Cycle and Richard Avedon's Photographs 1947-1977. Books that give me the chills!

Bible Illuminated juxtaposes powerful editorial and fashion images with the text of the New Testament bringing it into a contemporary setting. The book is laid out like a magazine with different pieces of the text called out, highlighted, and used as captions. 

I'm going to be upfront, I've never read the Bible but was instantly attracted to this approach. I think that this book can be a great tool to get people interested in reading the Bible, even if just to educate themselves to see what the Bible is all about, it's very easily approachable. This is a fantastic concept. 

To put that better, this is the Illuminated World Mission (straight from their website):

Illuminated World seeks to introduce today’s audience to a revolutionary contemporary Bible, one that encourages dialogue and is culturally relevant, accessible and easily digestible for any reader regardless of religious, economic, racial or social background.

We have no religious agenda nor do we support a specific faith. Bible Illuminated is intended to be a unique vehicle for reacquainting today’s reader with one of the most important historical, and cultural texts ever written.

Bible Illuminated: The New Testament will be released October 28th.

You can visit the Bible Illuminated website here. The Old Testament will be released in 2009. The New and Old Testament were originally released in 2007 in Sweden. 

Look for my full review in the coming weeks.


  1. wow. i would love to see the old testament when it comes out. and this one too! :-) lucky you :-)

  2. Anonymous3:54 PM

    I looked at the spreads that the website shows, and it looks like it would be a nice copy to have. Not into the Bible much these days, but I might want this version just because. I'm looking forward to your review.

  3. I used to have something like this. It was called revolve or revolution or something like that. It was the New Testament, but all pink and girly and laid out like a magazine, with beauty tips and an advice column and probably other things I can't remember.

  4. Anonymous5:16 PM

    I'll be on the lookout! :)

  5. That cover looks exactly like the cover of The Host by Stephenie Meyer

  6. Anonymous7:36 PM

    This looks really fascinating, I'm going to have to look for it when it comes out. I'll be curious to read your full review.

  7. marie- Yeah I'm really excited. It's definitely an interesting concept!

    court- Yeah I think the way it's packaged can appeal to people, like me, that were never interested in the Bible before.

    taren- That sounds really interesting! I'd love to find out more about that/see it!

    J. Kaye- Thanks!

    s. krishna- I think I sent you an email, but yes! Good eye! I posted this lookalike last week or the week before! Creepy eyes galore!

    cheryl- It does! If you get a copy I'd love to hear your thoughts too!

  8. I just previewed this one, too. I'm looking forward to receiving the hard copy. It looks great at first glance. The images are pretty powerful. Looking forward to your full review!

    Diary of an Eccentric

  9. anna- I'm so excited about this too!


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