The first time I talked about Bibliotheca was 2 years ago when I started this blog. Since my interest in the Bible design, both literary and physical, has only grown and I have been waiting with bated breath for the outcome of the Bibliotheca enterprise which started in 2014. Now the attempt to redesign the Bible is complete with almost a year of hindsight since it’s release. Adam Lewis Greene, the creator of the project, joins the folks over at Homebrewed Christianity to discuss the amazing journey. (Since Tripp rambles on for quite a bit you can skip to 11:02 where the interview with Adam begins.)
When I consider Bibliotheca, which is actually another word for Bible i.e. a library, I think Adam created a retro Bible. It is stripped down (no verses, chapters, headings, commentaries and other paraphanelia) yet it is highly sophisticated and elegant. It is the Pagani Huayra of Bibles (for those who are into cars) and he is like the Steve Jobs of Bible design (for those into tech.) It uses all the complements of modern technological advancements in printing yet strives for the quality and aesthetic of pre-contemporary Bibles and even ancient biblical manuscripts. He also paid attention to the literary quality of the texts as well to make the content like the form, beautiful and exotic.
You can find some of the work of Dr. David DeSilva who worked on the translation of Bibilotheca here. He cites N.T. Wright‘s Scripture and the Authority of God which I reference here. Also he mentions his paradigm shifting influence, Robert Alter’s The Art of Biblical Narrative. You can find a video presentation by Prof. Alter himself based on the game-changing book here. For more information on the episode you can go here.