If you celebrate Advent, or you want some morning devotionals for a while, you can start here. Day 2 (today) is here.
During the four weeks of the Advent season, I plan to post five posts per week based on the Scripture readings and meditative focus of each week in Holy Bible: Mosaic and Devotions for Advent. The focus of the first week is “Longing,” and the first post on Isa. 2:1-5 will be published this coming Monday morning.
As you may have guessed, I am big fan of the Mosaic Bible…
It’s not every week that we here at the ERB review a Bible. In fact, MOSAIC is the first Bible we have reviewed since we began publication two years ago. However, it might be a bit misleading to call this review a review of a Bible. The biblical text of the Mosaic Bible is the New Living Translation (NLT), that was more-or-less finalized in 2004 and is a very readable text, translated by a distinguished team of biblical scholars. Given the facts that the NLT has been available for five years and that I am not myself a biblical scholar capable of fairly reviewing a translation, I will say very little here about Mosaic’s biblical text. Rather, I will focus my review on two distinctive innovations of the Mosaic Bible, its design and the 300+ pages of “weekly meditations” that follow the cycle of the church calendar.
(It is a privileged to share below a guest post from Mr. Stephen Vosloo, the Senior Designer of the Holy Bible: Mosaic NLT. (snip))
Mr. Stephen Vosloo
An overarching theme for Mosaic is marrying the ancient heritage and rich diversity of our Christian experience with contemporary writings and thoughts. These concepts were consolidated into the idea of “ancient-future.” While not a new concept, it was a gutsy direction to pursue for a Bible project and spoke so eloquently to the vision that our authors and acquisitions teams had.
Those of you familiar with me and this blog will know that to the extent I am critical of another member of the body of Christ, it is only ever for causing division in the body. That is why I was so excited to post about the release of Holy Bible Mosaic back in June. It seems to me Mosaic is an attempt to bridge division and bring the body together.
OK, today is the day. The Kitchen is the official stop of the Mosaic Bible blog tour. We’ll be giving away a copy of the Mosaic Bible (which I reviewed yesterday). If you’re interested, just leave a comment saying why you are interested in owning the Mosaic Bible. I’ll draw at random from the qualified comments.
But before we get to that, we have a Q&A with Kevin O’Brien, the acquisitions editor for the project.
I’m very happy to have Keith Williams, one of the editors of the “Mosaic” Bible (NLT) that I’ve recently promoted here at IM, answering some of your questions about the NLT and the special Mosaic edition.
You can find the entire Mosaic Blog tour schedule here. Check out the various sites and all the questions and answers that have been published. The NLT Mosaic web site is a great resource. (Want a Christian year calendar for your Google Calendar?) You can buy the Mosaic Bible at Amazon. You’ll find all these links and resources behind the clickable ad on the sidebar.
So let’s get down to some of the questions contributed by IM readers for Keith and his answers.
First, this has a beautiful cover in hardback. The first section which is the Mosaic is on heavy cream colored paper and has full color artwork. The devotions/articles span the Christian year and are from various time periods from ancient church to modern. Devotions are organized in weekly segments and contain Scripture, Historical and Global Contributions, Meditations, and a place to write. AND there is artwork. Some of it is gorgeous. They’ve also included some poetry in the readings – along with some wonderful narratives and quotes building upon the Christian year.
When I was invited to participate in the Mosaic Bible project, I was thrilled and honoured. With the vast number of specialty Bibles out there, I was skeptical at first, but when I heard about the intentional embrace of Christian tradition, as well as the art and meditations from throughout the world and history, I was quickly convinced. This could be a real gift to the Body of Christ. So I said yes!
The Mosaic Blog Tour stops here today! There also is a blog post of my review of the Mosaic Bible as well as a contest to win a free copy of the Mosaic Bible. Comment 50 words or less why you want and should win a copy of the Mosaic Bible. Also a big, big thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for allowing me to participate in the Holy Bible: Mosaic blog tour. I pray great blessings on Tyndale House and all they set out to do for Him! Thanks again!
Ruth Tuttle Conard is my blog tour guest. She is a contributor to the Mosaic Bible. She gathered the content and wrote the article for Pentecost week 14, on the topic of Authenticity. She is an author and lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.