A Bible for Geeks and Pilgrims

We had a nice curry dinner with Joe Parker last night in our house. We found out that he was promoted to European Director for International Bible Society – well done! Joe and I were chatting about what kind of Bibles were needed in the European emerging culture, and decided on at least 2 new Bibles;

1. A PILGRIMS BIBLE designed for backpacks, perhaps printed on really light paper, with a good introduction to the extreme sport of spiritual pilgrimage. Some good maps might be a nice touch – the Apostle Paul’s pilgrim journeys, as well as some modern day trails.

2. A GEEKS BIBLE with appropriate cover, and an introduction that would cover the rise of new media, and explore the New Testament from a new media eye.
Could you imagine Luke’s Gospel in blog form?
The Letter of John as emails?
t will probably have a lot of resources on CD-Rom, and may have its own website. coooool – a bible with its own website!!!!! This will be a fun one to write, and Joe suggests that the Russian version could be a tremendous tool for getting the Bible into the hands of young geeks and hackers all over Russia.

Andrew

Andrew Jones has been blogging since 1997. He is based in San Francisco with his two daughters but also travels the globe to find compelling stories of early stage entrepreneurs changing their world. Sometimes he talks in the third person. Sometimes he even talks to himself and has been heard uttering the name "Precious" :-)

7 Comments

  • andrew, nathan amick has been coding a web/blog/geek type bible interface for quite a while now.
    what we need now, is collaboration.
    i’ll get in touch with him.

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  • See if they could just start by getting a useable version of an online bible. I love Gospelcom, but that is at best just an online dump. I would love a real, xml-aware, online bible.

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  • If your interested in a geek’s bible project go check out the sword project.
    http://www.crosswire.org/sword/index.jsp
    It uses a real xml file format for lots of bible translations and handles lots of different translations as well. The ability to make notes, and make hyperlink notes from one passage to another in some programs (gnome-sword) is awesome. They also have great code that already does online, sms, and lots of other bibles and it is code that can handle any bible translation.

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