The Newly Revamped Bible Is Meant for Readers Who Love Novels

Do you like reading the Bible, but find it too Bible-y? You’re not alone, and do we have a Bible for you. Manuscripts is a new serialized version of the Bible that comes in the form of pocket-sized individual volumes, the first of which are coming out this month following the success of their crowdfunding campaign.


“Our research showed us that people were often intimidated by how it’s traditionally been presented; as one big book,” says Manuscripts creative director Jacob Scowden. “We wanted to give an ease to it, and reemphasize the effectiveness of reading the Bible as individual books.”


Manuscripts Gospels

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Beginning with the Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John – each section of text has been arranged in a single column, without verse numbers or footnotes. The Bibles read more like a novel than a textbook. 


According to a 2017 survey by Christian research firm and chain of bookstores Lifeway, 1 in 5 Americans have read the Bible completely at least once, with nine percent of Americans claiming to have read it multiple times. This new formatting might help people read more of the Bible, but there are downsides to the new way the text is presented, specifically regarding authorial intent.


If the first printing of the Gospels does well, you can expect to see the remaining books of the Bible turned into bite-sized books some point soon. Considering how well their crowdfunded campaign was and how they’ve peaked this non-religious writer’s interest, I’m betting Manuscripts will be a huge success.


Featured Image Via Jesse Tyler, NPR.