Thursday, September 22, 2005

Fast Food Lifestyle - Fast Food Bible

A new version of the Bible which its author says can be read in less than two hours has been launched. The 100-Minute Bible, written as a page-turner for those who do not have the time to read the full version, was unveiled at Canterbury Cathedral.

Its author, ex-headteacher the Rev Michael Hinton said: "We have majored on Jesus, because he is the central figure in the Bible."

Bishop of Jarrow, the Rt Rev John Pritchard was a consultant on the book.

"I don't think most people know the Bible very well," he said. "This is an attempt to say, 'Look, there's a great story here - let's get into it and let's not get put off by the things that are going to be the sub-plot. Let's give you the big plot'."

More than 11,000 copies of the 100-Minute Bible, which is roughly the size of a notebook, have been printed, for distribution to churches and schools. It took Mr Hinton more than two years to cut down the 66 books of the Bible into a version that could be read in 1hr 40min. He said readers would find all the familiar Bible stories.

"We majored on the ones that have entered the common consciousness, like Noah's Ark, Jonah and so on."

The publishers of the book say that, just like the original, the 100-minute version should be a bestseller.

Len Budd, proprietor of the 100-Minute Press, said: "This is a book for adults and has been written in a style to encourage readers to keep turning the pages, but without resorting to any literary gimmicks."

So how do Christians out there feel about this? It sounds like a good idea to me...

San Nakji for President!


Oricon Ailin said...

Well, I see this as a supplement to the Bible. I'm not so sure that having a Reader's Digest version of the Bible as your only source for the Christian faith is a great thing. BUT, in all fairness, I think it is nice that they could pick out the important events and put them into a short text.

I took a seminar back earlier in the summer on the Old Testament. It was kinda like this. You got all the major points of the Old Testament in short phrases and hand signs. It was fun, because it made it easy to memorize the Old Testament.

HOWEVER, I will say this, reading the Bible is vital for all Christians. I do believe that if you are of the faith, then you should be willing to make the sacrifice to read the Bible. *smiles* Some parts are tough to get through *snooze*, but others are very interesting. If it is important to you, then you won't mind the sacrifice.

'Nuf said.

San Nakji said...

So, a good introduction, but no substitute for the real thing huh?

Oricon Ailin said...

Exactly!! (now why couldn't I say it that way???)