The Bible: Millennial Emoji Edition

It was only a matter of time before emoji’s crept their way into books. But sneaking into the Bible amidst all those the prophets and famines? That was a little less expected. Nonetheless, emoticons have decidedly leapt the chasm between secular to sacred, planting themselves firmly in the King James Bible. The emoji edition of the KJB, Bible Emoji: Scripture for Millennials, was recently released as an eBook on iTunes. 

Expect lots of haloed smiley faces, light bulbs, and red hearts.


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The author, who hopes to remain anonymous, used a translation engine to scan all 66 books of the Bible. In addition to subbing ‘day’ for the sunny day emoji, ‘night’ for a starry night emoji and 80 other icons in-between, the program also translated non-content words. Words like ‘and’ and ‘why’ were swapped for their text abbreviations – ‘&’ and ‘y’ respectively – among other common shorthands.


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Naturally, members of the faith aren’t exactly clapping in admiration of the project and the emoji-based Bible has received some cold feedback from religious followers and atheists alike. Even in the world of digital-crazed millennials, the concept feels like a jab. Being entrenched in the generation myself, not to mention being a die-hard lover of words and literature, the project seems to perpetuate the negative stereotypes 18-34 year-olds already struggle to deter – we’re lazy, text obsessed, preoccupied with trite digital matters – and only breeds more negativity.

However, according to the anonymous creator, the book’s aim is more light-hearted. The project is just that, a project, and not meant to replace the actual scripture or be taken seriously as a medium for practitioners of the faith.

“I hope that they view it as fun,” the author told the Huffington Post. “I hope that it has people on both sides go and maybe look for themselves and what’s in the Bible and what it says.”


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Despite the backlash from religious communities and defensive millennials like myself, the project has indeed been applauded by many. The reviews have been wildly positive across Twitter and, much to the creator’s hopes, the text has been met with playfulness and a desire by many to return to the real-deal ancient texts.

Want to check it out for yourself? You can purchase the eBook on iTunes for $2.99. To translate your own favorite verse into biblical emoticons, you can head to the Bible Emoji site to learn how the holy translator works.


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