book worth discussing I think is The Bible. This part of is a lecture tha I recently gave to students at the art college where I work. It stirred up quite a fuss and therefore I thought it interesting to insert on my blog.

The Bible, in its various editions, is the best-selling book in history

I recently came across a new style of bibles. In a bid to spread awareness and popularise the Bible, a new glossy coffee table set have been made. According to various sources, many of them have been accepted and backed by members of the church. What do you think?

Manga Bible

}  Siku tells the whole story in the form of a graphic novel

}  Cain says to Abel, "Whassup,bro?”

}  Christ strides out of the desert like a Marvel superhero

}  The Archbishop of Canterbury likes the way it conveys "the shock and freshness of the Bible".


Cockney Bible

}  The rhyming slang version of the Bible was written by Mike Coles

}  Jesus feeds "five thousand geezers" with "five loaves of Uncle Fred".

}  The Lord's Prayer morphs from "For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory" to "You're the Boss, God, and will be for ever, innit?"

Brick Testament

}  Online version by Brendan Powell Smith tells stories from the Bible using Lego.

}  Started life in 2001 with stories from Genesis and today contains 391 stories with 4,214 illustrations.

}  A version that the Bible Society has welcomed as connecting people with the Bible in a new way.

Inspired By...The Bible Experience

}  And for the iPod generation, you can get the whole thing on your MP3 player

}  Read and performed by a Hollywood cast

What does it mean to interpret a text critically? It means questioning what you read: thinking about what the creator wants you to believe, how they work to convince you, and then deciding if the creator’s views are worthy of agreement.

Asking questions about what you read requires your careful examination of the creator’s claims, as well as the use and quality of their supporting evidence. As you interpret the text, you inevitably draw upon your own experiences, as well as your knowledge of other texts.

Consider the Ideology that Informs the Text  (ethos)
Try to uncover the ideology -- the system of beliefs, values, and ideas about the world--that underlies the text.

These ideologies or beliefs from the artist’s point of view may then make you feel an emotional affection for their work. To be informed by the artist’s background can do this, and maybe they want their work to inform you as to their emotional and personal background and beliefs?