Magazine article Tikkun

A Bible for Everybody?

Magazine article Tikkun

A Bible for Everybody?

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According to Len Budd, the Bible is "very user unfriendly." The "hurried and harried generadon" is put off by its size and the literary complexity of its sixty-six books. What we need is a version of the scriptures for people with short attention spans. Budd, the former chairman of the deanery at Canterbury Cathedral, has come up with a novel solution: The 100 Minute Bible.

Now the proprietor of the appropriately branded 100 Minute Press, Budd published this fifty-seven page pocket edition to great media fanfare at the end of September. Receiving prominent coverage from the likes of the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph and the BBC, this miniaturized version of the Bible takes its rightful place among numerous versions of the Holy Scriptures aimed at introducing secular, Bible-illiterate people with one of the most important and influential texts in Western civilization.

Like any abbreviated edition of such an important book, the 200 Minute Bible is not without potential problems. Admitting to the Guardian's Ed Vulliamy that it is a dumbing down of the scriptures, Budd unselfconsciously states, "Yes, but that's the world today." According to Vulliamy, the 100 Minute Bible focuses primarily on the Gospels (which have been rewritten as one narrative) and gives the prophetic books, Psalms, Moses, the crucifixion, and the resurrection one page each, while the Book of Ruth and the Song of Songs are simply omitted. …

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