I think this was a brilliant (marketing) idea by Tyndale: The Holy Bible: Mosaic Blog Tour. It has resulted in no shortage of reviews of the product and the Internet is indeed proliferated with these. It was an investment however, that surely will pay dividends. By now most Bible users will already be aware the Bible and have a good idea of what it is all about. I too have mentioned it on this blog several times before, so even readers here will be familiar with the 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!