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.