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object of transmission. It is the oldest and most enduring vehicle for the perpetuation of great ideas. Bibliotheca comes largely from this desire to create an intrinsically beautiful vehicle for the most foundational literature of all. It will be my first fully realized edition, and I hope not the last. In a time when the Bible has become increasingly accessible online and through apps and e-readers, why did you want to focus on print? I think these new forms of accessibility are partially what enable Bibliotheca to exist and thrive. If printed encyclopedic Bibles are indeed becoming obsolete, what new formatting options make sense for the biblical literature in print? The paradox is this “new” type of format isn’t new at all. It is largely a reversion to the way these texts were originally encountered in written form. How do you balance being reverent of the Bible’s history while still being innovative and creative with your redesign? My primary consultants have been a motley crew of great book designers, typographers and biblical historians of the last century, all of whom were/are well studied in the work of their predecessors. I believe an awareness of the historical development of any discipline to its current state will help to create a natural balance of reverence and relevance for new expression within that discipline. As far as the Bible is concerned, editions of biblical literature were always among the most elegantly simple or extravagantly adorned of all. Beyond referencing the masters of history, my wife’s outside perspective and candid input saved the project from irrelevance many times. What appeals to you personally about reading Scripture in a novel-like format?

“The biblical literature speaks into human experience regardless of our level of education.”

We all exist at different levels of education when it comes to biblical literature. And the same is true of all other literature. Having read Crime and Punishment does not mean we’ve understood it in the same way as a Dostoyevsky scholar does, who intimately knows the life and context of the author. But this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t read it, and it certainly doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it and glean truth from it. The biblical literature speaks into human experience regardless of our level of education. We can always learn more about the historical and cultural context of the Bible and the original languages—and we should—but we also need to read it in a form that is not only accessible to us, but also enjoyable. Sometimes we forget that leisurely reading is one form of studying and understanding a work of literature. When a Bible is littered with study helps, it could be implied that you have everything you need right there, but we should be going further … We retain knowledge to the degree that we desire it and work to attain it.

MAKE IT COUNT Learn more about Adam Lewis Greene and the Bibliotheca set at bibliotheca.co.

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