The Books of the Bible is a fascinating project from International Bible Society, a new approach both to the design and organization of the biblical text. The emphasis is on better Bible reading. To that end, the designers have made a series of intriguing choices. Here's a run-down from the project's site:
* chapter and verse numbers are removed from the text (a chapter-and-verse range is at the bottom of each page)The project is styled as a "presentation" of the Bible, highlighting the novelty of the approach. The Books of the Bible is meant to encourage a new way of seeing. Instead of focusing on the verse or the chapter, the emphasis is on whole books. This is music to my ears, and it's no surprise that since this project debuted, I've been getting lots of e-mails asking, "What do you think?"
* individual books are presented with the literary divisions that their authors have indicated
* footnotes, section headings and other supplementary materials have been removed from the text (translators’ notes are available at the back of each book)
* the books of the Bible have been placed in an order that provides more help in understanding, based on literary genre, historical circumstance and theological tradition
* single books that later translations or tradition divided into two or more books are made whole again
* single-column setting that clearly and naturally presents the literary forms of the Bible’s books
After spending some time with the Books of the Bible, I'm ready to answer.