Liquid Scripture: The Bible in a Digital World by Jeffrey S. Siker
The Bible is here to stay - packaged in programs on personal computers and available as applications on tablets and mobile phones. Increasingly, students are looking at incandescent screens to…
Liquid Scripture synopsis
The Bible is here to stay - packaged in programs on personal computers and available as applications on tablets and mobile phones. Increasingly, students are looking at incandescent screens to consult with the Bible in the classroom, and worshipers likewise conduct Bible study and worship.
Jeffrey S. asks.
Sicker, what difference does it make in our Bible experience if we no longer keep a book in our hands, if we once again "scroll" through the Bible? How does the "flow" of the e-book change our understanding of the authority and importance of the Bible? Sacker discusses the difference that occurred when the early Christians adopted the manuscript instead of the scroll and Gutenberg began mass production of printed gospels. He also reviews the latest research on how the digital reading brain processes digital texts and how churches use digital gospels, including the American Bible Society and its own church leaders' surveys.
Sacker asks: Does the proliferation of electronic translations reduce the perceived seriousness of the Bible? Does it promote an individual response to the Bible? How does the change from the actual Bible affect liturgical practice? Its combination of the advantages and dangers of the digitized Bible merits serious reflection in both classrooms and churches.
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