Oddity of the Week

My attention has been drawn to two contenders for the title of Worst Bible Ever.

First up, the 1599 Geneva Bible: Patriot’s Edition.  This handsome hardback edition of the first English Bible features an inspiring picture of George Washington on the cover.  Inside, the divine Word of God, complete with original study notes, comes supplemented with the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, a prayer by George Washington, and much more.  The link between the Bible, the voyage of the Pilgrims, and American democracy has never been clearer.

Second, for those who think the Patriot’s Edition sounds too weighty, we have some lighter fare: the Holy Bible: Stock Car Racing Edition.  This paperback NIV is easy on the eyes and easy on the wallet.  Plus, it’s chock-full of color pictures and exciting stories from the world of stock car racing, just the thing to keep you riveted on God’s Word.  You’ll want nothing more on a Sunday afternoon than to pop open a cold one and relax on the porch with this baby.  It’s available for Kindle, too.

So what do you think?  Which of these worthy entries deserves the title of Worst Bible Ever?

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4 responses to “Oddity of the Week

  1. Bryce Laliberte

    Definitely the racing one. At least the Patriot’s Edition looks sophisticated.

  2. Although the Patriot’s Edition one is horrifying, you can at least see where somebody was coming from — the far political right. I can’t even begin to fathom the mind that came up with the Stock Car Bible. Well, OK, and then other people had to be involved in order to actually make it happen, so clearly some group of people all had the same bizarre delusion that this was a good idea. So I have to go for the Stock Car Bible, too.

  3. Mom S

    I agree that the Stock Car Racing Bible gets the checkered flag. However, I think it may be more likely to be used as a coaster for the can of beer than as reading material on a Sunday afternoon.

  4. katz

    Interesting. I was actually going to say the opposite: While the Stock Car Bible is clearly vacuous and silly, it also strikes me as harmless–I don’t see anyone getting wrong ideas about the Bible from whatever inspiring racecar-driving stories are contained therein. It might even accomplish its goal and get someone to pick up a Bible who wouldn’t otherwise.

    The Patriot Bible, on the other hand, is rife with dangerous implications. This Bible has the agenda of proving that Americans are God’s chosen people and the Founding Fathers were inerrant, God-inspired direct descendants of the Biblical patriarchs. So the Patriot Bible is likely to actually do harm to anyone who has the misfortune to get a hold of it.

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