The Christian Bible may be the most reprinted book in history and is available in hundreds of language varieties, but it almost always comes in the same format of chapters and verses, which can make the Testaments pretty intimidating even before you start reading. US book designer Adam Lewis Greene decided to change this and launched a campaign to redesign the Bible, but he probably didn’t imagine his $37 000 funding goal would multiply by more than 20 times.
Greene’s Bibliotheca transforms the 66 books of the Bible from the normal tight typography and structure into something that looks strangely different while remaining the same. Bibliotecha divides the bible up into four volumes, using the American Standard Version (ASV) text. The first three make up the Old Testament and the last one is the New. The idea of the Bible’s books being separated may seem strange, but that’s actually how it was before it was combined into one book in the middle ages as Greene notes.
This is what the four books look like.
“Bibliotheca is meant to provide a fresh alternative to the reader who wants to enjoy the biblical library anew, as great literary art,” writes Greene.
And this is the difference between the current typography found in most Bibles and the Bibliotecha’s typography.
The only way to get your hands on a set is to fund it, as Greene says the campaign is a limited pre-order. At the time of writing this article the amount was $768 535 (we had to refresh every now and then because the amount escalates quite fast) with two days to go until funding closes.
Seeing that his campaign is doing so well, Greene is now aiming for an unofficial goal of $1 million, which will allow him to add the Deuterocanonical Books (commonly called the Apocrypha) as an optional fifth volume and include a traditional book board slipcase with every full set.
Judging by how fast the amount rises and the fact that it more than doubled from $350 000 to $750 000 in just two days, it may just reach the one million mark and maybe even surpass it.
This isn’t the first time this year Kickstarter has taken a biblical turn. Back in January a company called Pheonix Interactive Studios attempted to raise R1m for an RPG based on the life of Abraham. They failed.