Weird Bibles 4: Digital Handwritten Bible
It’s your chance to write the Bible by hand – starting at the book of Genesis, right through to the book of Revelation.
You’ll get to write at least two verses. The project is unique because everyone who chooses to write a verse will be asked to do so with a digital pen. So there’ll be a new paper copy of the Bible and also an online archive of everyone’s verses you can show to your friends.
The project will begin at Edinburgh Castle on 19th June 2011, the anniversary of the birth of King James VI/I at the castle in 1566. It will end at Westminster Abbey on 16th November 2011.
Celebrity verses were contributed by Charles Windsor (whom you may know as “Duke of Wales”), Rowan Williams, John Rhys-Davis (who has terribly uncultured handwriting), David Cameron, and a guy who won some television game show called “Big Brother” (what an awfully Orwellian name!)
The King James is mostly complete (although plenty of searches indicate “We have been experiencing some technical problems and are trying our best to resolve them. We would like to apologise to those people whose verses are not yet available to view on the website. Please bear with us. The verse has been written, but the image is not yet online.”)
It is particularly spotty in the Apocrypha. The search page also indicates that the Good News Bible, y Beibl Cymraeg Newydd (“the Revised New Welsh Bible”), and the New Gaelic Bible, are present, but outside the KJV, coverage becomes particularly unreliable.
(I am most annoyed that the KJV is identified as “Old English” and the Good News Bible is identified as “New English.” If you want to talk about Old English Bibles, then we can talk about the West Saxon Gospels or Paris Psalter or Vespasian Psalter or Lindisfame Gospels.)
All-in-all, a pretty pointless site, and one that I doubt that will be available in a decade – let alone “a unique legacy for future generations.” But still, mildly amusing.
(HT: Brad Taliaferro)